Hannah Wills, ‘Charles Blagden’s diary: Information management and British science in the eighteenth century’Notes and Records: the Royal Society journal of the history of science (2018) (published online) DOI: 10.1098/rsnr.2018.0016.


Research Degree (PhD) in Science and Technology Studies, University College London (2015-present). Thesis title: ‘The Diary of Charles Blagden: Information Management and the Gentleman of Science in Eighteenth-Century Britain’, Supervisors: Dr Simon Werrett, UCL. Mr Keith Moore, Royal Society.

MSc History and Philosophy of Science, Distinction, University College London (2014-2015). Dissertation title: ‘A Tactile History of Public Science During the Eighteenth Century’.

BA History of Art, 1st class, St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford (2011-2014). Dissertation title: ‘Illumination and Illusion: The Spectacle of the Phantasmagoria in 19th Century England’.

Conference and Seminar Papers

‘Exploring the relationship between Charles Blagden and Joseph Banks: scientific exchange between London and Paris’, Joseph Banks: Science, Culture and Exploration, 1743-1820, conference held at the Royal Society, London, 14-15 September 2017.

‘From Case Notes to Commonplace Books: Information Management and Charles Blagden’s Diary’, Annual BSHS Postgraduate Conference held at the European University Institute, Florence, 5-7 April 2017.

‘Marginalised Roles and Marginalised Sources: Charles Blagden as Secretary to the Royal Society, 1784-1797’, University of Leeds 18th Century Studies Seminar, 6 February 2017.

‘”Jan. 1 1795, Bd at Sir J. B’s”: Decoding the Diary of Charles Blagden’, Scientific Diaries Workshop held at the Royal Society, London, 27 January 2017.

Public Engagement Talks

‘Paper Technologies: 18th century notebooks and diaries’, public talk part of the UCL student engagers’ event ‘Materials and Objects: What do researchers at UCL study?’, UCL Art Museum, 18 May 2017 (link to event page) 

‘Legacy in Conversation: Scrapbooks, Albums and Diaries in the 18th Century’, public lunch hour talk, UCL Art Museum, 14 March 2017 (link to event page)

Panellist for ‘Why We Write’, public lecture event at the Royal Society, 27 January 2017 (link to video)

‘The Insider’s Diary’, an introduction to the diary of Charles Blagden at the Royal Society, YouTube video for the channel ‘Objectivity’, 29 March 2016 (link to video)


Postgraduate Student Engager, UCL Culture (2016-present) (link to website)

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL (October 2016 – April 2017). Modules: Science Communication and Public Engagement, HPSC1008; Investigating History and Philosophy of Science, HPSC1012.


Cover image: Information management on paper: Lectures on Chemistry taken down by Sir Charles Blagden [1748-1820]. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images.