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The Sir Charles Lyell Collection

Discover the Sir Charles Lyell Collection and learn about our work to preserve and make accessible this internationally significant archive and geological specimen collection.

Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875) was arguably the greatest public figure in science of the mid-nineteenth century.  The Sir Charles Lyell Collection is made up of a number of constituent collections which have been brought together at the University of Edinburgh over a span of nearly 100 years.  All together these form one of the most comprehensive collections relating to nineteenth century science in the world. This unique and internationally significant collection is the subject of a transformative access and engagement programme which will ensure that the collection is preserved, cared for and made accessible to all. 

About Sir Charles Lyell

Sir Charles Lyell
Learn more about Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875) and his contribution to our understanding of the Earth's history and geological time.

About the Collection

Drawing from Charles Lyell's Notebooks
Information about the content and history of the Sir Charles Lyell Collection at the University of Edinburgh, including Lyell's papers, notebooks, published works and geological specimen collection

Access the Collection

Charles Lyell Notebooks
Access Arrangements - all the information you need to be able to access the Sir Charles Lyell Collection, both in-person and remotely.

Support the Collection

Support the Collection
Find out more about how your support is helping us to care for and make fully accessible this unique and internationally significant collection.

About the Collection Team

Lyell Rocks
The Sir Charles Lyell Collection team - who we are, what we do and contact information

Latest News

Read about the latest news, updates and collection discoveries from the Sir Charles Lyell Collection

Collections Management Values

Statement on Racial Harms