Some of our readers may be aware that the notebooks of renowned Scottish geologist Sir Charles Lyell, have recently been placed under an export ban by the UK government to prevent their sale to a foreign buyer. The University of Edinburgh is currently attempting to raise the funds to purchase them and keep them in this country:

"Charles Lyell’s notebooks, currently in private hands, are due to be sold abroad. We need £1,444,000 to save this vital historical collection. We are supporting the purchase with our own funds but we also need your help. Right now, our challenge is to raise enough funds by 15 July 2019 to secure an extension to 15 October 2019, the final deadline to save the Lyell notebooks."

You can read more about the campaign, and pledge to support it, here:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/giving/save-lyell-notebooks