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    Digital resources

    The Society has digitised thousands of its scientific illustrations, photographs, manuscripts and books. Explore our collections through a range of platforms freely available online for public access.

    Lord Kelvin's machine for solving simultaneous linear equations, 1879. Catalogue reference: AP/60/18

    Turning the pages

    Our gallery of digital replicas showcases some of the important and beautiful books and manuscripts in our collection based on Turning the Pages, an innovative 3-D technology.

    Discover Turning the pages.

    Picture library

    Search our picture library, an image database drawn from the visual resources of the Society’s collections. Images are available to licence for editorial or commercial reproduction through the website or offline.

    For framed prints, canvases and cards, please visit the Royal Society print shop.

    Explore the picture library

    Google Art & Culture

    The Royal Society partners with Google to provide people all over the world access to our collections. View virtual exhibits and learn about portraits, objects, books and manuscripts which made science.

    Discover the Royal Society on Google Arts & Culture.

    Science in the making

    Browse, transcribe and tag hundreds of our archival material connected with the journals published by the Royal Society since 1665 on our new pilot platform.

    Find out more about Science in the making.

    History of science blog

    The Royal Society’s history of science blog posts feature updates from the collections team and guests.

    Explore the blog

    Philosophical Transactions

    Since the first issue of Philosophical Transactions was published by the Secretary of the Royal Society, in 1665, it has covered some of the most fundamental and significant discoveries in scientific history.

    Navigate through over 350 years of science in the making.

    front page of the first Philosophical Transactions

    The Wolfson Foundation archive

    The Wolfson Foundation is a charity, founded in 1955, that awards grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science and medicine, the arts and humanities, education and health and disability. In celebration of the Foundation’s many contributions to science, and its other areas of activity, the Royal Society presents a selection of stories and documents from the Foundation’s archive.

    Explore the archive.

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