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Treasures of the Month
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Stories from our Collections
From colourful personalities to mysterious specimens, read the tales our curators and staff find within old books, journals, collected specimens...
Treasure of the Month: Lois Darling’s Beagle
Archivist Alex Milne examines the history of HMS Beagle through the enthusiasm and diligence of artist, Lois MacIntyre Darling
1st October 2022
A Family Feud: George Bentham's life and letters
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.
22nd September 2022
Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II (1926–2022)
The Linnean Society is incredibly sad to learn of the passing of our esteemed Patron, Her Majesty The Queen
8th September 2022
JA Leach: A Nature Influencer of his Time
JA Leach wrote “An Australian Bird Book”, the first field guide to that continent's avifauna in 1911. But Leach’s bird-guide went far beyond identification. It was a call for deeper love for the natural world.
2nd September 2022
Thomas Baines and the Great Tree Aloe
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).
31st August 2022
Linnaeus and Liberty: the Life and Works of John Milton in the Library of Carl Linnaeus
Join our Librarian Will Beharrell as we examine three distinctly unscientific volumes from Carl Linnaeus' private library
31st July 2022