Chris Hilton and Quentin Cooper investigate the lives of two Quaker scientists of the early 19th century who changed the way we view the natural world.
The mystery object unveiled at the event was a meteorological journal from 1807, kept by John Gough. It records the date, wind speed, air pressure, temperature and rainfall, plus observations about other meteorological phenomena and the local wildlife. The detail is particularly striking given that Gough lost his sight as a child. He kept his fascination for the natural world and explored it in other ways – through sound and touch. He was keeping meteorological records for fellow Quaker Luke Howard, who first attempted the classification of clouds.
See the object
The journal is from the Wellcome Library's Archives and Manuscripts collection, reference WMS 5 PP/HO/K/A14:O/S 8.
This event was recorded live at Wellcome Collection on 27 June 2012.