On Wednesday 22 February the Science Museum held a fundraising dinner for acquiring the James Lovelock Archive. The Archive is of outstanding interest and importance, a rich record covering 70 years of scientific enquiry, investigation, discovery and invention. The collection comprises Lovelock’s numerous and various scientific notebooks, charts and data, manuscripts of his books, articles and lectures, patent material, photographs, audiovisual material and offprints.
As a keen supporter of James’s work, Vivienne Westwood created a piece of artwork celebrating James’s Gaia hypothesis. She generously donated this artwork to be auctioned at the fundraising dinner for acquiring Lovelock’s Archive. James Lovelock developed the Gaia hypothesis in the 1960s, believing the Earth's natural cycles work together to regulate and support the environment and keep it healthy.
1) Sir Crispin Tickell, Vivienne Westwood, and Ian Blatchord, Director of the Science Museum, at the fundraising dinner.
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2) Vivienne Westwood displays her artwork of the Gaia hypothesis.
Credit Tim Hawkins/Science Museum
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