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.
Front cover of Itchcraft by Simon Mayo

An evening of Itchcraft with Simon Mayo and friends

  • 20 September 2014 6-7:30pm *on now

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

Flower hat jelly (Olindias formosa) at the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Why we die

  • 9 October 2014 7-8:30pm

Death might not be certain, though taxes probably are. In this talk, featuring immortal jellyfish, the world's slowest bacteria and the cast of Alice through the Looking Glass, biologist Simon Watt delves into the surprising science behind why we die, and what the alternatives might be. Come to satisfy your morbid curiosity.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession
£6 Associate member
Free to Ri members and fellows

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/october/public-why-we-die

Human blood with red blood cells, T cells (orange) and platelets (green)

Family Fun Day: Blood

  • 11 October 2014 11am-4pm

Our next Family Fun Day on Saturday 11 October will be all about blood, giving children and their families an opportunity to measure their own blood pressure, find out what is under their skin and even dissect a heart! Get beyond the gore and explore your blood at our next Family Fun Day. Why do we need 60,000 miles of blood vessels in our body? What keeps you going? And what does your heart look like from the inside?

Join us on a journey through the stream of life at our hands-on event all about blood at this hands-on event throughout the Royal Institution’s building. As well as activities throughout the building, there will be family-friendly talks in our famous lecture theatre which hosts the CHRISTMAS LECTURES each year.

Activities are aimed at 6 - 12 year olds but older and younger siblings are welcome to join.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£12 Adults
£6 Children aged 3 - 18
Free to junior members

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/october/public-family-fun-day-blood

Ada Lovelace portrait

Ada Lovelace Day - Live!

  • 14 October 2014 7-8:30pm

For one night only, we are proud to host a ‘cabaret of science’ for Ada Lovelace Day 2014, hosted by Helen Arney. There will be talks and performances from Roma Agrawal, Caro C, Hannah Fry, Konnie Huq, Turi King and more, all sharing their inspirations and their passion for science, technology, engineering and maths.

This event is suitable for everyone aged 16+.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession
£6 Associate members
Free to Ri members and fellows

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/october/public-ada-lovelace-day--live

Aedes aegypti mosquito on skin

Malaria eradication: Can we do it? Should we do it?

  • 16 October 2014 7-8:30pm

In 2007, Bill and Melinda Gates committed themselves to eliminating malaria worldwide. Today, it has been eliminated in 111 countries but can it be eradicated completely? If it can, would the resources be better spent on other developing world health initiatives? Would controlling the disease be more beneficial than elimination?

A panel of experts will discuss in this debate for Biology Week, in association with the Society of Biology.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession
£6 Associate members
Free to Ri members and fellows

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/october/public-malaria-eradication

Darner Dragonflies mating ritual

Ri Lates: Rules of attraction

  • 24 October 2014 6:30-10:30pm

The human experience is mediated by the rules of attraction, whether by gravitation, chemical bonds, or whatever makes us fall in love.

Could you fall in love with a robot? What happens to liquid when you fill it with iron filings? And what does the shape of a penis tell you about an animal’s social life? Find out the answers to these questions and so many more through hands-on workshops, activities, science demons and stimulating talks.

Make your own gunpowder, play with magnets, have a drink, and grab some food to the live music before learning the rules of courtship at our dance workshops. This night will be an eclectic way to end the week!

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession
Discounts and free tickets to Ri members

Stunning view of starburst galaxy

Dark matter’s not enough: Why the Universe ought to be weirder

  • 27 October 2014 6-7:30pm

The Universe seems to be governed by rules that we can, with some effort, understand. Andrew Pontzen will introduce the stranger side of the cosmos – dark matter and dark energy – but then argue that these things are not so weird or unexpected after all. The strangest thing is that our rule-laden cosmos should be so predictable.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession
£6 Associate member
Free to full Ri members and fellows

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/october/public-dark-matters-not-enough-why-the-universe-ought-to-be-weirder

Installing solar panels

Powering ahead with solar energy

  • 31 October 2014 8-9:15pm

With a growing global population, an international challenge is to find sustainable sources of energy. Professor Lesley Yellowlees will explain how chemists can contribute effectively to solar energy. She’ll describe the research she and her team have undertaken in Edinburgh to characterise dye sensitised solar cells using techniques such as UV/Vis and EPR spectroelectrochemistry.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£17 standard
£11 Associate members
Free to Ri members and fellows

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/october/public-powering-ahead-with-solar-energy-friday-evening-discourse

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