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.
Starfish in lagoon on Pom Pom Island, Sabah

The lagoon: How Aristotle invented science

  • 3 September 2014 7-8:30pm

Aristotle was one of the greatest philosophers in the history of Western thought. But he was also a scientist - the first.

More than 2,000 years ago, by the shores of a lagoon on a Greek island, he began to examine the natural world as no-one had before him, and so laid the foundations of biology. Join Armand Leroi, Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology, to explore Aristotle's science - its genius, its errors and its lessons for 21st century science.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£12 standard
£8 concession

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/september/public-the-lagoon-how-aristotle-invented-science

Sophie Scott on stage

Bloomsbury Theatre @ The Ri

  • 4 September 2014 7-8:30pm

Over the summer of 2014, the Bloomsbury Theatre, one of London’s most renowned venues for comedy and science entertainment, is busy getting a makeover.

So they are heading down to Mayfair for a night of demonstrations, talks and laughs as we channel the very best of what the Bloomsbury Theatre has to offer.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£12 standard
£8 concession

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/september/public-bloomsbury-theatre-at-the-ri

Patient in a coma, a screenshot from PATIENT 39

PATIENT 39: Memory, consciousness and our sense of self

  • 9 September 2014 From 7pm

Award-winning writer/director Dan Clifton presents his new short film 'PATIENT 39', about a soldier who wakes from a coma with no idea of his identity or his past. Join a panel of experts as they discuss the reliability of memory, and how important it is to consciousness and our sense of self – questions at the heart of modern neuroscience.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£12 standard
£8 concession

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/september/public-patient-39-memory-consciousness-and-our-sense-of-self

Screen shot from Gattaca

Science on screen

  • 17 September 2014 From 7pm

From bio-pics to science fiction, cinema has had a long and distinguished interest in science and scientists. But what does it take to turn scientific subject matter into a compelling film? And how do you turn scientists into compelling on-screen characters? A panel of screenwriters and directors with a track record of working with scientific themes talk about the challenges of adapting science for the screen.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£12 standard
£8 concession

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/september/public-science-on-screen

Front cover of Itchcraft by Simon Mayo

An evening of Itchcraft with Simon Mayo and friends

  • 20 September 2014 6-7:30pm

Join BBC broadcaster and author Simon Mayo for the launch of his third book about science-mad element hunting teenager Itch. Chemist Andrea Sella will be on hand with live experiments to ensure the event goes with a bang!

Suitable for ages 10+

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£12 standard
£8 concession

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/september/public-an-evening-of-itchcraft

photograph of field communications during ww1

From Cowardice to Shellshock

  • 23 September 2014 7-8:30pm

World War One drove great advances in science and technology, but less well-known is its impact on medicine.

Emily Mayhew will tell the story of the stretcher bearers of WW1 who were at the heart of this medical revolution. Then, Louis and Marc-Antoine Crocq will explore the evolution of the diagnostics and treatment of ’war neurosis’.

This event is organised in association with the French Embassy.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£12.00 standard
£8.00 concession

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/september/public-from-cowardice-to-shellshock

ATLAS event

Mysteries of matter at the LHC

  • 26 September 2014 7:50-9:15pm

Two years ago, the Higgs Boson was discovered by the ATLAS and CMS experiments. But how precisely does it fill its role as the last missing piece in the Standard Model of particle physics?

The Large Hadron Collider will restart in 2015 with almost double the collision energy to test just that. But even then, this theory only accounts for 5% of the Universe, and does not include gravity.

Can the LHC shed light on the origin of dark matter? Why is gravity so much weaker than the other forces? Dr Pippa Wells will explain how the LHC will explore these mysteries of matter.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£17 standard
Free to Ri members

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/september/public-mysteries-of-matter-at-the-lhc-friday-eve

Persian Ceiling

U3A at the Ri

  • 30 September 2014 2-5pm

The University of the Third Age teams up with the Ri for an afternoon of fascinating science talks. Chemist Kathryn Harkup will look at poisons, Zoe Laughlin will investigate the world of materials and psychologist Essi Viding will delve into the mind of psychopaths.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£20

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/september/public-u3a-at-the-ri

Faraday giving a Christmas Lecture

Science, society and the Royal Institution

  • 30 September 2014 12-12:45pm

At a time of revolutionary politics and global conflict, the Royal Institution was set up as a site for communicating scientific knowledge to an aristocratic and upper class audience. Join Frank James for this illustrated lunchtime talk in which he will discuss its origins and what has changed since.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£12 standard
£8 concession

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/september/public-science-society-and-the-royal-institution

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