A site dedicated to the life and work of Sir Thomas Browne who
was born 19 October 1605 in London and died 19 October 1682 in Norwich
About this site: this embryonic site has just been started by an informal Thomas Browne Appreciation Society to enable people to get to know Sir Thomas Browne better by collecting information relating to him in one place. We have received some funding to enable us to develop the site and will also be launching a crowd-funding campaign to develop further. Please bookmark and come back regularly for new content. .
Sir Thomas Browne Day
News and updates
Sir Thomas Browne Day is in the planning keep an eye on this site for updates. There will be an exhibition at Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, a concert at St Peter Mancroft (21 October), a tour of Thomas Browne sites in Norwich and a talk by Dr Claire Preston (Wednesday 18 October) plus an opportunity to tell us your Old Wives' Tales so that we can prove them right or wrong! Come to Hay Hill on Thursday 19 October to tell us your tales.
Current exhibition at Royal College of Physicians: 'A cabinet of rarities': the curious collections of Sir Thomas Browne
30 January to 1 December 2017
Royal College of Physicians of London
11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE
A free exhibition on the curious polymath Sir Thomas Browne.
30 January–1 December 2017, Monday–Friday only, 9am–5pm. FREE ENTRY. Read more here
Sir Thomas Browne’s plants:
a garden trail at the Royal College of Physicians, Regents Park, London
A new trail in the RCP garden of medicinal plants leads visitors around plants and flowers grown by the 17th-century physician and collector Sir Thomas Browne. Written by the RCP head gardener and horticultural curator, Jane Knowles, and based on research done by Dr Harriet Phillips of Queen Mary University of London, the trail accompanies the current exhibition ‘A cabinet of rarities’: the curious collections of Sir Thomas Browne.
Read more here
Useful links about Sir Thomas
Links to other resources about Sir Thomas will be posted here
Listen to Professor Claire Preston and Hugh Aldersey Williams discussing Thomas Browne on BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking, originally broadcast on Tuesday 5th May 2015.
'The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne
in the 21st Century'
Now out in paperback and available from bookshops, Amazon and on Kindle etc
Hugh Aldersey Williams' book about Sir Thomas Browne was published by Granta and launched at The Bookhive Norwich in 2015.
See more here
His whole house and garden is a paradise and Cabinet of rarities and that of the best collection, amongst Medails, books, Plants, natural things
'Browne’s own work on plants, The Garden of Cyrus (1658), takes the quincunx – a five-pointed geometrical plantation pattern – as the starting point for an exploration of the chaotic abundance of nature.'
Sam Crosfield, assistant gardener, Royal College of Physicians
Telephone: 020 3075 1543
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About Sir Thomas Browne
Sir Thomas Browne lived and worked in Norwich from 1636 until his death in 1682. He was a physician, philosopher, botanist and writer and was very important in England at the time. He was well-liked in Norfolk, well-travelled and educated, religious and respected. There are traces of his time in Norwich all over the city and this site will tell you about his life and where to find out more about him.
If you have images, facts, documents or stories which you would like to add to this site, please email email@example.com for consideration
A new video about Sir Thomas Browne and the work that Queen Mary University are doing about him and a new exhibition January-July 2017 (see below) focussing on curiosity - one of the most significant traits of Sir Thomas Browne
Homage to Thomas Browne
The sculpture work on Hay Hill is an Homage to Thomas Browne, made by French husband and wife team of artists, Anne and Patrick Poirer. It was intended to be a set of street furniture, a kind of living room for the city (the Poiriers tend not to make art for simply looking at).
It was a major public art commission, installed in 2007 and paid for by Arts Council England East, Norwich City Council with a contribution by Norfolk County Council. Read more here