History of natural science

Built over more than a century, the Library collections include original source material, classic published works and modern interpretative texts relating to the history of science.

The Museum provides researchers with access to a wide range of current and historical literature. Scientists often use these resources for work in taxonomy and systematics - the naming and description of plant and animal species.

  • Daubentonia madagascariensis illustration
    Original source material

    Manuscript collections relating to key figures in the founding and history of the Museum.

  • Pliny's Historia Naturalis
    Published works

    Trace the evolution of natural history through the Library’s print holdings.

  • Turtle illustration from the John Reeves collection
    Illustrations

    View artworks that reflect major developments in scientific illustration.

  • From Carl Linnaeus's Systema Naturae
    Special collections

    Including dedicated Linnaeus and Darwin collections.