Online Resources.
Links to blogs and online articles. (These may also appear in other bibliography lists).
Background Reading.
In order to understand Sloane’s collecting passions, it is necessary to learn about Sloane’s background and to gain a broad overview of his life and the context in which he was living. These readings aim to cover the life of Sloane as well as the origins of his collection and its fate.
Enlightenment Science.
Sloane was Secretary and, from 1727, President of the Royal Society, placing him at the heart of the interchange of scientific knowledge in Early Enlightenment London. These readings give a thorough account of this period and Britain’s role within it, focussing particularly on the importance of’ curiosity in this period, something which was mirrored in Sloane’s own collection.
Sloane’s Travels.
In 1689, Sloane travelled to Jamaica as physician to the Governor, the Duke of Albermarle. These readings focus on Sloane’s pursuits in Jamaica and on the wider connection between travel, colonialism and the pursuit of knowledge.
Sloane’s Collecting Practices.
Before we can understand the ways in which Sloane catalogued his collection, it is essential to know the type of artefacts Sloane was collecting and, equally important, how. These readings give an overview of his collecting practice, as well as some wider and more theoretical writing on what it means to collect.
Ordering Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century
Gaining an insight into the ordering, structuring and dissemination of knowledge in the eighteenth century is key to the wider context of Sloane’s collecting. 
Sloane’s Natural History Collections
Natural artefacts made up the largest part of Sloane’s collection. The works below cover Sloane’s botanical specimens within his collection, as well as his fossils, vertebrates, human specimens, insects, shells and more. 
Sloane’s Library
Sloane collected manuscripts and books on a variety of subjects; at his death, he owned over 5000 manuscripts and 45,000+ printed books.
Sloane’s Antiquities Collections
Sloane’s collection of artefacts from ancient worlds took many forms, from Greek vases to Egyptian statues.