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“Every decently-made object… is not just a piece of ‘stuff’ but a physical embodiment of human energy, testimony to the magical ability of our species to take raw materials and turn them into things of use, value and beauty”*…

Indeed, as the Materials Library of the Institute for Making at UCL brilliantly demonstrates, that’s often true of the materials themselves…

The Materials Library is a collection of some of the most wondrous materials on earth, gathered from sheds, labs, grottoes and repositories around the world. It is a resource, laboratory, studio, and playground for the curious and material-minded to conduct hands-on research through truly interdisciplinary inquiry and innovation. The collection is accessible to Institute of Making members day to day, and to the public at Materials Library Discovery sessions.

The Materials Library @ucl.

Kevin McCloud


As we celebrate stuff, we might spare a thought for Addison Emery Verrill; he died on this date in 1926. An invertebrate zoologist, museum curator, and university professor, he is best remembered as curator of zoology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, where he developed one of the largest, most valuable zoological collections in the U.S.

Verill trained under Louis Agassiz at Harvard; then, at age 25, became Yale University’s first professor of Zoology. His lifelong devotion to taxonomic research yielded the development of extensive collections at Yale in a wide variety of taxa. From 1871-87, while he was in charge of scientific explorations by the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries, Verrill found and described hundreds of new marine specimens. His expeditions took him to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America and to Hawaii and Central America. He published more than 350 papers and monographs, including descriptions of more than a thousand species of animals in virtually every major taxon. His breadth of interests included parasitology, mineralogy and botany.


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December 10, 2022 at 1:00 am

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