"This House is a Temple of Research": Country-House Centres for Late-Victorian Science
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?
Donald L. Opitz. ""This House is a Temple of Research": Country-House Centres for Late-Victorian Science" Repositioning Victorian Sciences: Shifting Centres in Nineteenth-Century Thinking. Ed. David Clifford, Elisabeth Wadge, Alex Warwick and Martin Willis. Cambridge: Anthem Press, 2006. 235-259.