Save Charles Lyell's notebooks

Who has supported the campaign

Leading institutions, groups and individuals have generously supported or endorsed our campaign to save Lyell's notebooks.

Thanks to the generosity of over 1,100 individuals, institutions and supporters from Scotland, the United Kingdom and around the world we were able to save Sir Charles Lyell’s notebooks. We extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to those who made it possible, including:


The Roy Alexander Charitable Trust

Amateur Geological Society

Baldoukie Charitable Trust

Blackbourn Geoconsulting

Cambridge Philosophical Society

Cambridge Society of Edinburgh

The Curry Fund, Geologists' Association

History Of Earth Sciences Society

Edinburgh Geological Society

Edinburgh University Club of London

Friends of Edinburgh University Library

Friends of the National Libraries

The Friends of Charles Darwin



The German Geological Society

The Geological Society of Glasgow

Ground and Project Consultants Ltd

Harrow and Hillingdon Geological Society

Heriot-Watt University

Highland Geological Society

History of Geology Group

The Lipman Family Foundation

The Liverpool Geological Society

Manchester Geological Association

The John R Murray Charitable Trust

National Heritage Memorial Fund

National Library of Scotland

Geological Society of Norfolk

North Sea Core

Palaeontological Association

Petroleum History Institute

Reading Geological Society

Tayside Geodiversity

Edinburgh University Club of Toronto

Town & Country Fine Foods

Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group

Nean Allman

Ronald L Austin

Vincent Balfour

Peter W Barnes, CEng FEI SPE

Anne Barrett,  AIC MA, Imperial College London

David G Bate

Richard Battersby, Friend of Edinburgh University Library

Dr Graham Beamson

Prof German E Berrios

Dr Denis Bilodeau

Dr P E Binns

Prof Patrick Boylan, Professor Emeritus, School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London

Carolyn Brodie Mackay

Dr Alan D G Brown

Dr Iain Gordon Brown, FSA FRSE

John Burgener

Bob Burrell

Prof Stephen Casper, Professor of History at Clarkson University

Sam Caethoven

Pratik Chakrabarti

Mrs Lynne Cockitt

Helen Cromie

Peter Crowther

Prof Martin Culshaw

Prof Stephen Daly

Mrs Charlotte Dean (nee Bulman)

Prof Paul Dennis, Professorial Research Fellow, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

Dr Peter Dolan

Jason Drake

Roger Dunshea, FGS

Emeritus Professor, Dr David Elliot, School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University

Dr Martin C Evans

Dr P A Floyd

Prof Richard Fortey FRS

Peter B Freshwater, MA DipLib FSA Scot, Former Deputy University Librarian, Honorary Secretary Friends of Edinburgh University Library, Editor of the University of Edinburgh Journal

Ian Gardiner

Louise Gardiner

Robert G Garrett

Brian Garvan

Olwen Goss

Dr Alastair Graham, Petroleum Geologist and former BP Executive

Dr Tim Grapes 

Dr Andrew Grout, Edinburgh University Library

Philip Hadland

David E W Hall

Dr Donald Hallett

Wilko Graf von Hardenberg

John Henry

Dr Garrett Herman

Jon Hodge ​​​​​​

J M Hodgson

Mrs C A Horrocks

Mr James Hunter

David Jarman, Mountain Landform Research, Ross-shire, Scotland

Peter Jones

Prof Emeritus Gilbert Kelling, OBE

Mr Peter Kennett

Dr Diane Knill (Lady Knill)

Marie Knudsen

Marie Korey

Rachel Laudan 

Prof Alan Lord, Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut Frankfurt

Prof John Ludden, CBE

Fiona V MacKelvie

Catarina Madruga

Prof David Manning, FGS CGeol CSci EurGeol

Philip Marshall

Professor Dr Alison Martin, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Dr Roger Mason

Professor John Mather, Emeritus Professor of Geology, University of London, formerly Lyell Professor of Geology, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr John A A McCallum

David McClay

Chris McCormick

Gregor McElvogue

Dr Annette McGrath

Roy W McIntyre, member of the History of Geology Group

Duncan J McKay

Dr Alex Menez, CBiol MRSB FLS

Professor Martin Menzies, Lyell Professor, Royal Holloway University of London

Peter Micklethwait

Simon Richard Miles

Prof Stuart Monro, OBE

Dr Peter Morris

Dr Arthur Murchison

Prof John Murray, Southampton

John Naismith

Dr Stephen Ng

Prof Dr Kärin Nickelsen, Historisches Seminar der LMU München

Peter Nicol

Dr James Nye

Naomi Oreskes

Prof Graham Park

John Parkins

Dr Ronald Pattinson

Dr David Pattison, Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary, Canada

Ruth Pollitt

Martin Price

Claire Priestley-O'Keeffe

Dr Kevin Privett

Dr Colin Prosser

Dr D I Rainey

Dr Tom J A Reijers

Dr Ruth Richardson FRHistS

Dr Mary Rimmer

Prof Isabel Rivers

Dr Ian Rolfe, formerly Deputy Director of the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, and Keeper of Geology, National Museum of Scotland; joint leader of Royal Society of Edinburgh’s 1997 Lyell bicentennial excursion to Lyell country

Prof Martin Rudwick, Professor Emeritus of History of Science, University of California San Diego, Honorary Fellow, Trinity College Cambridge

Mr Eric Russell

Sefa Sahin

Richard Scothorne

Professor James A Secord, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, Director, Darwin Correspondence Project

Prof Dick Selley, Imperial College, London​​​​​​

Dr Alastair D.L. Sharp

Alexander Shaw, Kirriemuir

David Shilston, CGeol FGS FRSA, Past-President, The Geological Society of London

Prof Graeme Simpson

Dr Peter W Skelton

Alastair and Carola Small

Jennifer Nimmo Smith

Dr Anthony Spencer

Roy Starkey

Dr Michael Stock

James Sutherland, retired engineering geologist and geotechnical engineer

Brian Tait

Paul Tambuyser

Taylors of Tannadice 

Prof Gavin H Thomas, University of York

Dr Christopher Toland, Managing Director, Oolithica Geoscience Ltd

Richard Trounson

John Underhill

Dr John van Wyhe, Director of The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online

Andrew Wainwright

Prof Germaine Warkentin, FRSC

Susan Watt

Karsten Werner

Margaret Wilkes

Mrs Caroline Willis

Dr Andrew Wilson

Professor Charles W J Withers, Ogilvie Chair of Geography, University of Edinburgh, Geographer Royal for Scotland

Sarah Wride

Dr Jeremy R Young, Earth Sciences, University College London

Thank you as well to all of our supporters who wish to remain anonymous. If your name does not appear and you would like it to, please contact David McClay.



Nick Crane walking on the coast

This is an exceptional collection in the story of earth science.

Nick CraneTrustee of Royal Geographical Society