Science City

Craft, Commerce and Curiosity in London, 1550-1800

Alexandra Rose and Jane Desborough

    ISBN: 978 1 78551 204 9

    Size: 210 x 160 mm

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 180

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    Date published: January, 2020

    UK £25 /US $35


  • An accessible yet enlightening handbook exploring London’s rich history as a world-leading city of science
  • Richly illustrated with a myriad of scientific and mathematical instruments, drawings, paintings and maps
  • Official companion to a new gallery opening at the Science Museum in autumn 2019 – an institution that attracts over 3 million visitors per year


Many cities around the world could claim to have a rich scientific history. However, between 1550 and 1800, London fostered its very own particular brand of scientific enquiry and practice. Science City explores London as a world-leading nexus of administration for ambitious scientific projects, as well as a place to obtain exceptional scientific equipment. The story of the city is richly illustrated with objects, artefacts and maps, many of which are from the Science Museum’s extraordinary collection. Science City is published to accompany a new gallery at the Science Museum, scheduled to open in the autumn of 2019.

Author information

Alexandra Rose is Curator of Earth Sciences at the Science Museum, and lead curator of Science City 1550-1800: The Linbury Gallery.

Dr Jane Desborough is Curator of Scientific Instruments at the Science Museum and co-curator of the permanent gallery Science City 1550-1800: The Linbury Gallery.