Linnean Society of London

Linnean Society of London
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London
Greater London
W1J 0BF
England

Website

www.linnean.org

E-mail

Gina Douglas, Acting Executive Secretary

gina@linnean.org

Lynda Brooks, Librarian

lynda@linnean.org

Library

library@linnean.org

Telephone

General Enquiries

020 7434 4479

Fax

General Enquiries

020 7287 9364

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Library
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The Society uniquely embraces the entire sweep of biology, and particularly biological diversity and evolution. Most of its membership, whether professional or amateur, is concerned with biological systematics or taxonomy, which involves the examination and collation of a wide range of scientific evidence from such fields as genetics, ecology, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and palaeontology and impinges on related disciplines in agriculture, fisheries, forestry, geology, medicine, parasitology and veterinary science where accurate identification is essential to any research. This, coupled with the recognition of the importance of systematic biology research to biodiversity conservation, means that as it moves into its third century, the Linnean Society continues to play a central role as the urgency and magnitude of the task of documenting the world’s flora and fauna is recognised. Our library, for example, is comprised of some 40,000 monographs dating from 1483 to the present, focusing on plant and animal identification and classification, evolutionary biology and the history of natural history. Meetings are held on a wide variety of subjects pertaining to biology - and we encourage both professional scientists and members of the public to attend. If you are not already a member we do hope that you will still attend our events (which are open to members and non-members alike), or use our e-mail up-date service - linnean-news - to stay in touch. Anyone interested in our work is welcome to become part of the Society. Those with ideas, comments, suggestions or questions are also encouraged to make contact. We do hope that you will consider applying to become a Fellow or Associate.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 10.00 - 17.00

nb. The Library is open to all, but non members are asked to make an appointment to ensure that the material they seek is available.

Closed: Weekends and Bank Holidays

Admission charges

N/A

The Linnean Society holds several important 18th Century animal and plant collections - including some 40,000 original specimens from the collection of Carl Linnaeus purchased from the estate of the Society's first President, Sir James Edward Smith - as well as Smith's own plant collection. The Library is a primary resource for natural history with over 90,000 books, journals, portraits and illustrations.The Society owns extensive collections of portraits, prints and drawings of naturalists, including Charles Darwin and Joseph Dalton Hooker. It holds over 3,800 drawings of plants and animals. There are over 3,400 manuscripts, many with accompanying illustrations.

Collection details

Natural Sciences, Literature

Key artists and exhibits

  • Carl Linnaeus
  • Sir James Edward Smith
  • Taxonomy
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • History of Biology
  • Charles Darwin
  • Alfred Russel Wallace
  • Joseph Dalton Hooker
  • Online Collections
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

What's in a name? (Student Edition)

http://www.linnean.org/fileadmin/Education_Resources/Worksheet_1_for_students.pdf

An introduction to identifying and classifying organisms worksheet.

How to obtain

This resource is available free of charge, request copies at education@linnean.org.

Biodiversity Poster

http://www.linnean.org/index.php?id=474

An A3 poster explaining what biodiversity is, how much biodiversity there is, the global distribution, how to measure biodiversity and threats to biodiveristy.

How to obtain

This resource is available free, to request copies email education@linnean.org.

Conservation Poster

http://www.linnean.org/index.php?id=474

An A3 poster explaining why we conserve biodiversity, the different types of conservation, international conservation agreements and how conservation is linked with climate change.

How to obtain

This resource is available free, to request copies email education@linnean.org.

Evolution Poster

http://www.linnean.org/index.php?id=474

An A3 poster explaining what evolution is, how to review the evidence, understand adaptations, the difference between continuous and discontinuous variation and the theory of evolution.

Systematics Poster

http://www.linnean.org/index.php?id=474

An A3 poster explaining what is classification, the difference between kingdoms and domains, how to classify species, making sense of classification and the binominal system of nomenclature.

What's in a name? (Teacher Edition)

http://www.linnean.org/fileadmin/Education_Resources/Worksheet_1_for_teachers.pdf

An introduction to classifying and naming organisms worksheet, aimed at GSCE to 6th form level.

Creator

  • The Linnean Society of London

How to obtain

This worksheet is available free of charge, to request copies please email education@linnean.org

Who are you? (Student Edition)

http://www.linnean.org/fileadmin/Education_Resources/Worksheet%202%20for%20students.pdf

Classifying, naming and identifying organisms worksheet.

How to obtain

This resource is available free of charge, to request copies email education@linnean.org.

Who are you? (Teacher Edition)

http://www.linnean.org/fileadmin/Education_Resources/Worksheet%202%20for%20teachers.pdf

Classifying, naming and identifying organisms worksheet.

How to obtain

This resource is available free of charge, to request copies email education@linnean.org.

Who's Who? (Student Edition)

http://www.linnean.org/fileadmin/Education_Resources/Worksheet%203%20for%20students.pdf

Evolution and Batesian Mimicry worksheet

How to obtain

This resource is available free of charge, to request copies email education@linnean.org

Who's Who? (Teacher Edition)

http://www.linnean.org/fileadmin/Education_Resources/Worksheet_3_for_teachers.pdf

Evolution and Batesian Mimicry worksheet.

How to obtain

This resource is available free of charge, to request copies email education@linnean.org.

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