Charles Darwin Blue Plaque on Gower Street London WC1, by Professor Joe Cain

Darwin in London

During research concerning Charles Darwin and Emma Darwin’s life at number 12 Upper Gower Street, London, I identified several errors and vagaries in biographical material found in standard reference works. This note communicates corrections and clarifications. There is some new information about the history of the house, and some corrections to baptism records associated with the Darwin family. This is all written up in an…

HPSCGA24 Science in the Nineteenth Century | Professor Joe Cain | UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS)

HPSC0081 Science in the Nineteenth Century (Teaching)

The nineteenth century saw the origin of much of what we might identify as “modern” scientific and technological research and practice. Laboratories, factories explorations, empires – all had scientific significance and all were paramount in nineteenth century science. This is also perhaps the period which has enjoyed most sustained attention from historians of science. This course will give a critical introduction to some major themes…

Brocks Illuminations 1906 postcard

Dissertations and Research Projects (Master’s)

Postgraduate taught students in UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) undertake summer research projects resulting in dissertations or research reports. Professor Joe Cain supervises some students in this work, as do all academic staff in STS. The formal UCL module codes include: HPSC0097 Research Projects (formerly HPSCGA98) For students undertaking: History and Philosophy of Science MSc Science, Technology, and Society MSc Role as supervisor…

Euston Road at corner of former Euston Grove, showing bus entrance to Euston Station, 2013.

Euston Grove – History of a London Street NW1

Today, Euston Grove, London NW1 is little more than a roundabout for buses outside Euston Rail Station. Its most noticable feature is Reginald Wynn Owen’s arresting memorial to railway men and women lost in war. One hundred and fifty years ago, Euston Grove was a bustling, fast-growing London street – home to the country’s first metropolitan rail station and home to one of Britain’s most important…

Neo-classical screen at London Terminus at Euston Grove, from Bourne (1839) Drawings of the London and Birmingham Railway (London: Ackermann and Co.).

Bourne’s Drawings of the London and Birmingham Railway (1839)

John Cooke Bourne’s lithograph of Euston Arch and the neo-classical screen in from of the Euston Grove terminus for the railway was published among his Drawings of the London and Birmingham Railway (1839) (British Library collection). This item also was sold as hand-coloured prints and much copied. Euston Arch, Euston Grove and neo-Classical screen

Professor Helen Chatterjee delivering 2015 Robert Grant Memorial Lecture

Robert Grant Memorial Lecture – list of speakers (1997-present)

The annual Robert Grant Memorial Lecture is held in honour of Professor Robert Edmond Grant (born 11 November 1793 in Edinburgh; died 23 August 1874 at home, 2 Euston Grove, more). Grant was a zoologist, an expert on comparative anatomy, an evolutionist, and a political radical. This annual lecture is organised by UCL Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy), with support from several UCL units, including…

Grave of Vice-Admiral Robert Fitzroy, Upper Norwood, London

Robert Fitzroy is buried in Upper Norwood Cemetery (photographs)

Robert Fitzroy (5 July 1805 – 30 April 1865) is buried in the church yard of All Saints Church, Upper Norwood, London (site). The memorial was restored in 1997. At the time of his death, Fitzroy lived at 140 Church Road. This is near the church, and the site has historical markers from Croydon to mark the fact Fitzroy lived in this house. Church Road connects…

Wallis's 1821 Guide for Strangers through London, showing Euston Grove and Euston Square

Maps of Euston Grove through Wallis’s Guide for Strangers through London (1813-1841)

Wallis’s Guide for Strangers through London was an essential tool for visitors to London. Successive editions (1813, 1821, 1826, 1841) allow the historian to trace the growth of many parts of the city, including the area north of the Paddington to Islington Road. The area named “Euston Square” came into being between the 1813 and 1821 editions. The Euston Grove terminus for the London and Birmingham…

Brocks Illuminations 1906 postcard

Brocks Illuminations Celebrated Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and More

This article on Brocks Illuminations at Crystal Palace in 1906 first appeared on the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs History Blog in July 2013. Brocks ‘Illuminations’ celebrated Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and More Close study of the fabulous and rare 1906 postcard from Brocks Fireworks Ltd – advertising their “Illuminations” at Crystal Palace – features many animals, including a pterodactyl and several dinosaurs. Among these, one…

The famous “Dinner in the Iguanodon Model” was immortalised in this picture, published in Illustrated London News, 7 January 1854, p. 22.

Dinner in the Iguanodon, December 31, 1853 (Crystal Palace Dinosaurs)

This article, titled “Dinner in the Iguanodon,” first appeared on the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs History Blog in July 2013. Dinner in the Iguanodon The “Dinner in the Iguanodon Model” is the best known story about Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. It took place on New Year’s Eve 31 December 1853 and was immortalised in the picture published in Illustrated London News, 7 January 1854, p. 22. “Mr Waterhouse Hawkins…