The Royal Institution

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.
Man sitting on tree with branches growing from his mind

Thrive: The power of evidence-based psychological therapies

  • 13 May 2015 7-8:30pm

Britain has become a world leader in providing psychological therapies but, even so, in Britain and worldwide the majority of people who need help still don't get treatment.

In this special event for Mental Health Awareness Week, David Clark and Richard Layard make the case for change, arguing that mental ill-health causes more suffering in our society than physical illness, poverty or unemployment, and they put forward their suggestions for a solution.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 standard
£8 concession

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/may/public-thrive-the-power-of-evidence-based-psychological-therapies

Abstract colourful light image

Family Fun Day: Light

  • 16 May 2015 11am-4pm

It may be all around us but can you paint with light? Do you know how to start a chemical reaction before your eyes just using light? And have you made your own camera using cardboard and a tin can? From incredible lasers to rainbows and a small house of mirrors, this Family Fun Day will have you exploring light in a new way altogether, in celebration of the International Year of Light.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£12 adults
£6 children

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/may/public-family-fun-day-light

painting brush

Do we care? Should we care? Issues surrounding the conservation of contemporary art

  • 19 May 2015 7-8:30pm

At our annual Hiscox debate we'll be exploring issues surrounding the permanence and future value of contemporary art. We have an expert speaker panel, which includes:

Sir Christopher Frayling
Sandra Smith, Head of Conservation at the V&A
Kenny Schachter, dealer and collector
Robert Hiscox, Honorary President of Hiscox and contemporary art collector.

This debate arises from growing concerns among those associated with the art market about the impermanence of contemporary art and the unique challenges that it brings, such as the many forms of media used in contemporary art and hence the likely impact on their long-term monetary investment value. It will touch on which areas of the art world are responsible for the longevity of contemporary artworks, and how this corresponds to their present and future values.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 standard
£8 concession

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/may/public-do-we-care-should-we-care-issues-surro

Columbian Mammoth

How to clone a mammoth: The science of de-extinction

  • 21 May 2015 7:30-9pm

Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ancient DNA research, takes us through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro will explore the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used to resurrect the past.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 concession

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/may/public-how-to-clone-a-mammoth-the-science-of-de

Water ripples

Water - the strangest molecule in the Universe

  • 28 May 2015 7-9pm

Water is the most every day of substances, but on closer examination it also one of the strangest. To celebrate the launch of his latest book, Alok Jha will tell the story of this fascinating molecule which takes us back to the beginning of the Universe.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/may/public-water--the-strangest-molecule-in-the-universe

Elizabeth Stokoe head shot

The interactional ‘nudge’: Talking about talk from the mundane to the dramatic

  • 29 May 2015 7:50-9:15pm

First dates, police interviews, doctor-patient communication and commercial sales – they are all driven by talk. And an understanding of how talk works is crucial for success. Elizabeth Stokoe explains how conversation analysis works to provide a scientific understanding of talk as it unfolds in mundane as well as dramatic settings.

Rather than being messy and disorderly, she shows that talk is in fact organised systematically. Like behavioural change in ‘nudge’ theory, she also shows how small variations in what we say impacts on what others say and do next. Finally, she will demonstrate how her research findings can underpin communication training – in contrast to role-play and simulation – and upended common assumptions about how talk works.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£17 Standard

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/may/public-the-interactional-nudge-talking-about-talk-from-the-mundane-to-the-dramat

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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