London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details

Diary kept from 10 March 1671/2 to 16 May 1683.

Date of Creation:

1666 - 1683

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Scope and Content:
  • Hooke’s Diary (which survives from 1672-83) was a memorandum book he kept to remind him of the many places he had been and people he had met. The Diary records hundreds of site visits around the City showing Hooke’s significant contribution towards the new architecture in the City. Hooke also worked with Wren on the design of the Monument, the permanent memorial to the Great Fire near the place where it began.
  • The folio commencing 6 January 1672/3, and bound up after fo. 20 in this volume, should follow fo.8. At the back of the volume are miscellaneous notes including lists of books and papers (some belonging to the Royal Society) borrowed and lent by Hooke, 1666-81.
Extent: 1 volume
Other Formats: Digital surrogate available through online catalogue
Former Reference: MS 01758
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
Level of Description:
  • Document

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Access Restrictions: Available only with advance notice and at the discretion of the LMA Director
Related Material: Most of the diary was published in 1935 as "The Diary of Robert Hooke 1672-1680" edited by Henry W Robinson and Walter Adams (a copy is held in the Printed Books Section at B/H 782). However, Robinson and Adams chose not to publish entries from March to July 1672 and from January 1681 to May 1683. This material has now been published as "Unpublished material from the memorandum book of Robert Hooke, Guildhall Library Ms 1758" by Felicity Henderson in "Notes and records of the Royal Society" (2007) 61, an offprint of which is held in the Printed Books Section of Guildhall Library. A printed, digitised copy of the diary is available at CLC/495/MS01758/A