The Royal Institution

The Royal Institution
The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
Mayfair
London
Greater London
W1S 4BS
England

Website

www.rigb.org

E-mail

ri@ri.ac.uk

Telephone

020 7409 2992

Fax

+44 (0) 20 7670 2920

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Playing the interactive elements game in the Faraday Exhibition
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For over 200 years, the RI has been ‘diffusing science for the common purposes of life’.

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 09.00-21.00
(reception desk 09.00-18.00)

Closed: 23rd Dec-2nd Jan & bank holidays

Admission charges

Admission to building/exhibition: Free

Admission charge for some events including:
Public Lectures
Standard: £10.00
Concession: £7.00
Associate: £5.00
Member/Faraday: Free

Additional info

The Archive Reading Room is open to the public by appointment, Mon-Wed, 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00.

Includes the original apparatus and papers of many of those who have researched, lectured and lived at the Royal Institution including Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday, John Tyndall, James Dewar, William Bragg, Lawrence Bragg and George Porter. The collection also includes important collections of iconographical material in various media, scientific instruments, as well as a large administrative archive, covering all aspects of the work of the Royal Institution.

Collection details

Science and Technology, Natural Sciences, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Michael Faraday
  • Induction Ring
  • Volta's Battery
  • Humphry Davy
  • Davy Lamp
  • Count Rumford
  • James Dewar
  • Dewar Flask
  • John Tyndall
  • William Henry Bragg
  • William Lawrence Bragg
  • X-ray Spectrometer
  • Lysozyme
  • Laboratory

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Artist's impression of the European Extremely Large Telescope

Telescopes of the future: Bringing the Universe into focus (Friday Evening Discourse)

  • 27 March 2015 7:50-9:15pm *on now

As our exploration of the cosmos continues apace, the observatories of the future, in space and on the ground, will cast light on some of the biggest scientific questions we face today: how the Universe came into being, how it evolved into its present state, and whether life could exist on other planets.

Dr Sarah Kendrew will introduce you to the scientific and technological marvel of astronomy's new generation of telescopes that will revolutionise our view of the Universe in the next decade.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£17 Standard
Discoutns for Ri Members

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/march/public-telescopes-of-the-future

Fan art depiction of a scene in Breaking Bad

Claudia Hammond presents: 'The science of Breaking Bad'

  • 16 April 2015 7-8:30pm

Widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time, 'Breaking Bad' was a show with science at its core. With a genius chemist as its main protagonist, it explored complex themes of morality. Chemist Dave Smith and psychologist Julian Boon will delve into the science behind the show, in a discussion chaired by author, presenter and 'Breaking Bad' fan Claudia Hammond.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession
Discounts available to members of the Ri

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/april/public-claudia-hammond-presents-the-science-of

People enjoying the Ri Lates

Ri Lates: Questioning reality

  • 17 April 2015 7-8:30pm

After the fun of the last Ri Lates, we are back for more hands-on activities that are normally reserved for children.

Can we trust what we perceive to be out there in reality? What happens when our brain is telling us something else? And why is it that some people see the dress as white and gold while others see it as blue and black?! Come to another adults-only building takeover with workshops, short films, demonstrations and talks to answer these questions and more.

Fool your taste buds, listen with your eyes, get your hands on a brain and have a go on an occulus rift rollercoaster to deceive your body with virtual reality. How do owls and bearded dragons perceive the world around them? Get close up to them in our animal show to find out!

Take part in touching experiments, dissect an eye, and find out whether we can ever understand something when it seems to be two things at once? There'll be food and drink to enjoy after learning about the bizarre quantum world, hearing how recreational drugs affect our pain perceptions and being put through illusions that will have you questioning reality. An alternative Friday night out.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession
Discounts for members of the Ri

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/april/lates-questioning-reality

Bearded lizard eye

Claudia Hammond presents: 'The science of Breaking Bad'

  • 22 April 2015 7-8:30pm

Widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time, 'Breaking Bad' was a show with science at its core. With a genius chemist as its main protagonist, it explored complex themes of morality. Chemist Dave Smith and psychologist Julian Boon will delve into the science behind the show, in a discussion chaired by author, presenter and 'Breaking Bad' fan Claudia Hammond.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession
Discounts for members of the Royal Institution

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/april/public-claudia-hammond-presents-the-science-of

Two lasers going through diffusers

Helen Keen presents: 'A night of ice and fire'

  • 24 April 2015 7:50-9:15pm

Could fire-breathing dragons ever exist? What really happens when royalty inbreeds? Could real-world pyromancers create Wildfire? And can you actually crush someone's skull with your bare hands? Comedian Helen Keen (BBC Radio 4's It Is Rocket Science) & Newcastle Centre for Life's Ian Simmons combine facts, jokes, quizzes and live demonstrations to explore the 'science' of Game of Thrones...

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession
Discounts for members of the Ri

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/april/public-helen-keen-presents-a-night-of-ice-and-f

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