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.
Matt Parker's book jacket

Things to see and hear in the fourth dimension

  • 27 January 2015 6-7:15pm

Cut pizzas in new and fairer ways! Fit a 2p coin through an impossibly small hole!
Make a perfect regular pentagon by knotting a piece of paper!

Maths is a game. So join stand-up mathematician Matt Parker on a journey through narcissistic numbers, at least two different kinds of infinity and more in this family-friendly event.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/january/public-things-to-see-and-hear-in-the-fourth-dimen

Jim Al-Khalili with a robin in his Royal Institution video about quantum biology

Quantum biology: an introduction

  • 28 January 2015 7-8:30pm

In the first of three guest-curated events on Quantum Biology, Jim Al-Khalili invites Philip Ball to introduce how the mysteries of quantum theory might manifest themselves at the biological level. He will explain how the baffling yet powerful theory of the subatomic world might play an important role in biological processes.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/january/public-quantum-biology-an-introduction

Salmonella

Revenge of the microbes

  • 30 January 2015 7:45-9:15pm

Bacteria are our ancient enemies, evolving ever more clever ways of outmanoeuvring our natural defences and scientific technologies. For millennia, a simple cut or cough could kill. With the development of antibiotics, it seemed we would reign supreme. But now the bacteria are again gaining ground. With antibiotic resistance on the rise, and the development of new drugs having stagnated for decades, we humans might be in a lot of trouble very soon. Why are bacteria so insidious, what tricks do they employ to get the upper hand, and what can we do to stop them?

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£17 standard

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/january/public-revenge-of-the-microbes-how-bacteria-have-re-emerged-as-a-threat-to-our-e

Cosmic Microwave Background with a black background

The oldest light in the Universe

  • 12 February 2015 7-8:30pm

In the International Year of Light, join astrophysicist Roberto Trotta to discover what the oldest light in the cosmos, the luminous echo of the Big Bang itself, can tell us about the fundamental nature of the Universe (the 'All-There-Is')... and how you can describe it using only the most common 1,000 words in English!

Dr Roberto Trotta is a theoretical cosmologist in the Astrophysics Group of Imperial College London, where he is a senior lecturer in astrophysics. As an STFC Public Engagement Fellow, he also spends a lot of time communicating science, taking part in numerous science festivals and radio broadcasts. He has just written a book which explains the Universe (‘All-There-Is’) using only the most common 1,000 words in English.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession
Discounts for Ri Members

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/february/public-the-oldest-light-in-the-universe

Andrew Szydlo exploding something on the Ri theatre stage

Andrew Szydlo's Blaze of steel

  • 17 February 2015 6-7:15pm

After the storming success of his family-friendly talk at the Ri itself and online, Andrew Szydlo is back to take us through the fantastic world of steel and iron. Expect spectacular white hot reactions, wacky colour changes and chemical illusions in this demonstration-packed performance.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession
Discounts for Ri Members

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/february/public-andrew-szydlos-blaze-of-steel

Children holding up elements in the periodic table

Periodic success

  • 19 February 2015 6-7:15pm

The periodic table has been an emblem of science for over 100 years. Explosions, poisonings, space exploration and novelty Victoria parlour games are all contained within the chemist's favourite poster. Join chemical physicist and material scientist Jamie Gallagher on a guided tour of the most famous of scientific images.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession
Discounts available for Ri Members

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/february/public-periodic-success

Professor Danielle George outside a workshop

Family Fun Day: Sparks will fly

  • 21 February 2015 11am-4pm

The 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES were all about taking control of the devices in your life, using what you have and creating something altogether new and exciting. Join the revolution. Learn to hack your home and take control at this Family Fun Day with opportunities to play, create and transform things around you.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£12 Adults
£6 3-18 year-olds
Discounts and offers available to Ri Members

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/february/public-family-fun-day-sparks-will-fly

Jim Al Khalili holding a Robin in an Ri Channel film

Quantum biology: Does life depend on quantum mechanics?

  • 24 February 2015 7-8:30pm

Quantum mechanics is still a controversial and, to some, counter-intuitive theory and does not have widespread acceptance even within the scientific community. And yet, more and more research is going into how this theory may be applied to the biological world.

In the second of three guest-curated events by Jim Al-Khalili, Johnjoe McFadden and Hans Westerhoff will debate the merits of quantum biology and whether it has any significance to our world.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£12 Standard
£8 Concession
Discounts for Ri Members

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/february/public-quantum-biology-does-life-depend-on-quantum-mechanics

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