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How and when did science become visual? How did drawings, diagrams and charts come to be used alongside words and objects by a group of people who hoped to reform and establish a new form of knowledge of nature, based on collaboration, experimentation and observation? Who made those drawings and diagrams, and what made them ‘scientific’?  Making Visible aims to foster an understanding of the roles that visual resources and practices played in the development and dissemination of scientific knowledge in the first fifty years of the Royal Society, an institution established in 1660. The project team has located more than 3,000 images hitherto buried among the Royal Society’s archives, whose makers and uses have been identified. The images will be available on the Royal Society’s Picture Library and form an unprecedented resource for all those interested in understanding the complex relationship between seeing, drawing and knowing, which is still at the heart of the scientific endeavour.