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.