Treasures of the Linnean Society and Royal Astronomical Society – group 1

History of Science series

Two treasured Societies – two treasured libraries


Visit these two treasured Societies with exclusive guided tours to both, be enthralled by their collections and explore highlights in the most wonderful, evocative settings.


2pm - 3pm:

The Royal Astronomical Society, founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science.

The Library and Archives of the Royal Astronomical Society contain books, images and documents significant in the development of scientific thought in astronomy, geophysics and related disciplines.

3pm - 4pm:

The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest biological society and has in its care several important collections, including those of the Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus, and the Society’s founder, Sir James Edward Smith.

Designated a collection of outstanding national importance by the Arts Council England in 2014, the holdings of the Linnean Society (which include library, archive and biological material) provide an unsurpassed resource for the study of natural history.






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  • Burlington House
  • Piccadilly
  • London W1J 0BQ
  • W1J 0BQ

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  • 27 May 2022 2:00 pm
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