Margaret, Duchess of Portland was a woman of science before her time, one of the greatest collectors of the 18th century who assembled the world-famous Portland Museum; patron of Captain Cook and had a circle of friends and associates who included some of the most radical intellectual and creative thinkers of the time.
Find out about her life and collections with this essay by Professor Rebecca Stott.
Produced to accompany the Harley Gallery exhibition 'Duchess of Curiosities, the Life of Margaret, Duchess of Portland' which opened at the Harley Gallery in March 2006. Professor Rebecca Stott is a literary historian and regular broadcaster on Radio 4.
She teaches English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and is an affiliated scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University.