Campaign to save the notebooks of Charles Lyell (1797-1875) – success!

Great news about the campaign to save Charles Lyell’s notebooks: the target of £966,000 has been achieved. David McClay, the fundraiser for the University of Edinburgh Library, has announced that nearly 1200 pledges were received, together with further donations from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the University of Edinburgh,

Now is the time to fulfil your pledge; you can do this online here.

For UK taxpayers, if you are able to add Gift Aid, please do; this increases the value of your donation by 25%.

Although the notebooks have been secured, fund raising will continue to support the work of scanning the documents and developing a website to make them and much other Lyell material available.

Thanks to everyone on this list who has pledged — the number of donors greatly surpassed expectations and was a key factor in obtaining support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and other bodies.

Jim Secord, University of Cambridge