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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...
Sherwin Carlquist FMLS: Champion Botanist, Storyteller and a Relentless Ally of Students
Scott Zona was one of Carlquist's doctoral students and a close friend till Carlquist passed away last December. Scott portrays Carlquist as not just as a brilliant scientist but also a dedicated mentor and imperfect human being, like all of us.
25th April 2022
The Linnean Society of London Announces 2022 Medal and Award Winners
From studies in freshwater fish diversity in Sri Lanka to Ethiopian flora, from ground-breaking work in palaeobiological data to innovative techniques in coral reef recovery — 2022's list of outstanding work in the natural sciences
6th April 2022
Professor Liebig and the mysterious fossils of the Trap Formation
Assistant Archivist Luke Thorne examines this totally legit paper about a series of mysterious fossils that were unearthed on the grounds of an estate.
1st April 2022
"Before Fellowship": Celebrating Women in Natural History at the Linnean Society
This International Women's Day, we celebrate some of our scientific champions—suggested by our staff and members—from the years before 1905
4th March 2022
The embroidery pattern book of Guillaume Toulouze (1656)
Natural history served as a subject for art and crafts for mid-seventeenth century French ladies. Isabelle Charmantier, Head of Collections, finds playful traces of three young French girls in a rare book.
1st March 2022
Gazing into the future: The Student Futures & Research Conference 2022
Episode II: Attack of the Imposter Syndrome. The SFAR Conference is back and better than ever! Tickets available now
27th January 2022