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Whipple Library

Department of History and Philosophy of Science

The History of Science and Technology, 1801–1914: a collaborative retrospective conversion and conservation programme (HOST)


HOST was a collaborative project funded by the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP). The aim of the project, which ran from 2000 to 2002, was to increase scholarly access to a number of significant collections of printed and archival material relating to the history of the non-medical sciences from 1801 to 1914, held by the libraries and archive departments of the participating institutions.

At the Whipple Library, the HOST programme consisted of the retrospective cataloguing of all 19th-century items and conservation of 165 items. The project was successfully completed in October 2002.






Reverend John George Wood (1827–1889) 

Spines of books by the Rev. J.G. Wood in the Whipple Library collectionDuring the process of retrospective cataloguing, it was discovered that the Whipple Library holds many of the works of the Rev. John George Wood (1827–1899), a popular and prolific writer of the nineteenth century. The inclusion of material such as this in the collections indicates the strength and breadth of the Library's holdings. Not only those works of pure academic value are retained, but also those representative of the publishing of more popular scientific material of the time.

A selection of books by the Rev. Wood was included in the Library's display cabinet in the Whipple Museum Reserve Gallery.

More information about the Whipple Library's nineteenth-century collections and J.G. Wood  Common objects of the microscope / by J.G. Wood (London, George Routledge and Sons, 1890) STORE 47:206  




                        rambles near the shore / by J.G. Wood (London, James Nisbett & Co., 1899) STORE 136:45