Visible Science: Images from the early Royal Society

2 July 2018 – 8 July 2018
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG

An exhibition curated by the Making Visible project at CRASSH, based on research in the Royal Society archives.

Please note: dates might change and will be extended, please check back before visiting.

Drawings, paintings, and engravings were part of science from the very beginning. At the Royal Society, established in 1660, the first Fellows created images to communicate new discoveries to their colleagues around the world, as well as to the London public. They also used graphical methods to explore and develop their ideas. Many of these beautiful and striking pictures can still be found in the archives of the Royal Society. This exhibition will show that making and seeing such images were essential for science in the seventeenth century.

This exhibition is supported by the AHRC, The Royal Society, Trinity College Cambridge and the Sedgwick Museum Cambridge.

Felt-makers at work by Robert Hooke (1635 - 1703), Royal Society Archives Cl.P/20/96/003
Felt-makers at work by Robert Hooke (1635 – 1703), Royal Society Archives Cl.P/20/96/003