The Royal Institution
The Royal Institution
The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
+44 (0) 20 7409 2992
+44 (0) 20 7670 2920
For over 200 years, the RI has been ‘diffusing science for the common purposes of life’.
Museum, Science centre
(reception desk 09.00-18.00)
Closed: 23rd Dec-2nd Jan & bank holidays
Admission to building/exhibition: Free
Admission charge for some events including:
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.
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
From Laudanum to Meow-Meow: Drugs, Science and Society
- 13 March 2014 7-8:30pm
Narcotics have been used by humans since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Sharon Ruston will explore how drugs were developed and used by Sir Humphry Davy at the Ri, and what that says about early 19th Century society. Neuropsychopharmacologist David Nutt will discuss his experience advising contemporary government drugs policy, the wealth of new ‘legal highs’ and what he thinks drugs, and society’s view of them, will look like in the future.
Standard £12, Concession £8, Associate £6. Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows
The Compatibility Gene
- 20 March 2014 7-8:30pm
Dan Davis unravels the role that the immune system plays in compatibility, whether in tissue transplants or sexual attraction. He will guide us on a global journey of discovery spanning 60 years, involving scores of scientists, and revealing astonishing links between who we are as individuals and our never-ceasing struggle to survive disease.
Standard £12.00, Concession £8.00, Associate £6.00. Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows.
Too Much of a Good Thing? (Friday Evening Discourse)
- 28 March 2014 8-9:15pm
Evolution is powered by variation; the differences in DNA sequences. One hugely important form is copy number variation, where genes are duplicated or deleted from one generation to the next. Aoife McLysaght will explore how copy number variations gave us colour vision, a sense of smell and haemoglobin in our blood, but also the role they play in diseases such as cancer, autism and schizophrenia.
Guest £17.00, Associates £12.00. Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows.