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Treasures of the Month
Every month, we focus on one object (text/book/illustration/specimen) to bring you its hidden story
Stories from our Collections
From colourful personalities to mysterious specimens, read the tales our curators and staff find within old books, journals, collected specimens...
English botanist George Bentham, past President of the Linnean Society, enjoyed a close, bittersweet relationship with his uncle, philosopher and social reformer, Jeremy Bentham, who eventually convinced George to give up the study of law for botany.
The Linnean Society is incredibly sad to learn of the passing of our esteemed Patron, Her Majesty The Queen
8th September 2022
During research into the provenance of Charles Darwin’s vasculum (used on the voyage of the HMS Beagle), Glenn Benson, our Honorary Curator of Artefacts, came across this sketch of ‘The Great Tree Aloe of Damara Land’ by Thomas Baines (1820–1875).
Join our Librarian Will Beharrell as we examine three distinctly unscientific volumes from Carl Linnaeus' private library
Judging a Book by its Cover: 18th-century hand-decorated papers in the Linnean Society's Collections
Artisanal hand-decorated papers were all the rage in the 18th century. Conservator Janet Ashdown combs our collections to see what examples we hold.