Thank you! Together, we did it.
Charles Lyell’s 294 notebooks were due to be sold abroad. However, a temporary export bar was imposed, giving the University of Edinburgh and over 1,100 supporters from Scotland, the United Kingdom and around the world the opportunity to raise the necessary funds to purchase them. A warm and heartfelt thank you to those who made it possible!
To keep up to date with our access plans and progress, or to learn more about the Sir Charles Lyell Collection at Edinburgh, please visit our website and blog:
“Charles Lyell’s importance as a world-leading scientist is unquestioned. His remarkable notebooks are key to appreciating his standing as arguably the most significant figure in the earth sciences in Britain in the past two centuries. They illuminate our understanding of the nineteenth century, and shed light on contemporary concerns including climate change, species diversity and the meanings of deep time. We are delighted that the University of Edinburgh’s efforts together with the generous support from many donors and different institutions to save Lyell’s fascinating notebooks has been successful and look forward to these being made public.”
Professor Charles W J Withers, Ogilvie Chair of Geography, University of Edinburgh, Geographer Royal for Scotland
Professor James A Secord, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, Director, Darwin Correspondence Project
Leading institutions, groups and individuals have supported our campaign to save Lyell's notebooks, including:
- Nicholas Crane, Trustee of Royal Geographical Society
- Dr Hermione Cockburn, Scientific Director of Dynamic Earth
- Richard Fortey, television presenter
- British Geological Survey
- Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University
- The History of Geology Group
- The Geological Society of London
- History of Earth Sciences Society
Who was Lyell and what do his notebooks tell us?