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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...
Professor Grenville 'Gren' Llewellyn Lucas OBE BSc FLS FRGS (20 Dec 1935–12 Dec 2022): Botanist, Conservationist and Champion of the Linnean Society
Gren Lucas was energetic in his ability to identify potential and make change, and we are incredibly fortunate at the Society to have been able to call him our friend and ally.
13th December 2022
Finding Sunbird Species in Wallacea
Using modern genetic, acoustic, and statistical techniques, these discoveries add to our understanding of how life evolved in the Wallacea region, and reinforce some classic ideas from Wallace’s work.
21st November 2022
The Engraved Portraits Collection
A little look at our Engraved Portraits collection: some history and some fun.
1st November 2022
New Journal Editors Appointed
Two Linnean Society journals will be led by Dr Jeffrey Streicher and Dr Steven Dodsworth.
31st October 2022
An Ethnobotanist's Journey Through the Linnean Society's Archives
Jonn Gale introduces their collaborative PhD project on researching human-plant relationships through specimens and manuscripts originating in the Caribbean, how botanical histories shape scientific ideas, and using the Society's collections.
26th October 2022
Finding the Original Collectors of Linnaeus' Fishes
In 1771, a black man braved a storm to collect a fish that was sent to Linnaeus and is studied even today. Head of Collections Dr Isabelle Charmantier uncovers the invaluable role of unrecognised black collectors employed by Alexander Garden.
9th October 2022