The Linnean Society at Home
- Explore our Collections
- Competitions you can enter now
- Exploring outside activities
- Exploring inside activities
- Learning about life tools
- Videos made for young people
- Media made for slightly older people (including recordings of our past Meetings)
From a young age, Carl Linnaeus was encouraged to explore in nature, be curious, take notes, share his findings and learn more about LIFE.
During this time of isolation, you should still take some time to appreciate and engage with nature.
The links and tiles below provide lots of lots of activities, videos and resources to keep you occupied, engaged and enthusiastic about the wonderful natural world outside.
Explore our Collections
Our archives and correspondence can be viewed online, as well as our impressive Library of books related to natural history from 1483 to date, which can be accessed via our online catalogue on on Library Hub. The Society also holds various collections of artwork, artefacts and biological specimens from Carl Linnaeus, Sir James Edward Smith and others, which can also be engaged with from home via Linnean Online. Our Buchanan-Hamilton artworks are also presented in The Watercolour World.
The Collections staff are as keen as ever to respond to questions and queries via email@example.com, and they are active on Twitter @LinneanSociety where they share real-time insights, thoughts and discoveries.
Competitions that you can enter now!
Nature-based indoor activities
Exploring outside activities
Learning about life tools
Earth's Timeline Cards
Timescales of Earth's history are too large for most people to comprehend. This card game gives a easy overview of key events which can be placed along a timeline to instil the knowledge visually.
Let's find out the best ways to identify all of the organisms you might come across
Videos made for young people
Curious Cases of Carl Linnaeus
The Curious Cases of Carl Linnaeus tells funny stories about his journey of scientific exploration. These videos are suitable for primary level and all that comes after. We provide transcripts, worksheets and discussion points for all of these videos
Media made for slightly older people
Visit our YouTube Channel and subscribe to see our animated videos, lecture recordings and more!
This video series tells the story of the most important scientific artefacts owned by the Linnean Society, highlighting how these priceless possessions are still relevant today. These videos are suitable for secondary level and beyond.
Animated BioMedia Meltdowns
This video series explores the overlapping worlds of art and science, introducing historic and modern characters who worked across these imaginary boundaries.
From a secret vault below the streets of London, Life Underground tells strange and mysterious stories about Carl Linnaeus’ specimens. Suitable for an adult audience.
Our Podcasts are an exciting way for anyone and everyone to gain insight into the wonderful, and often weird, worlds of researchers, professionals and well known "curious minds".