Title

"This House is a Temple of Research": Country-House Centres for Late-Victorian Science

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2006

Abstract

The present chapter considers sidelined sites of science in the late-Victorian period, precisely the moment during which many historians have characterized the sciences as having transformed into specialized professions based in academic and government-sponsored research facilities, like the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The growth and character of these facilities have received much historical attention; yet, surprisingly, their forerunners have not. If we agree that a significant institutional shift took place during this period, we might as what were those forerunner institutions and what became of them?