Research of Jenni Thomas

I have recently completed a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London titled ‘A Philosophical Storehouse: The life and afterlife of the Royal Society’s repository’. My research interests centre on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century collections of natural history and their associated archival material. I am particularly interested in the mechanics of building, maintaining and documenting collections in addition to understanding how collections are used and the ways in which they contribute to and reveal scientific practice.

Publications include:

‘Compiling ‘God’s great book [of] universal nature’ The Royal Society’s collecting strategies’, Journal of the History of Collections 23.1 (2011), 1-13

‘The documentation of the British Museum’s natural history collections, 1760–1836’, Archives of Natural History 39.1 (2012), 111-125

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