The Royal Institution
The Royal Institution
The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
020 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
Fiction Lab - January 2015
- 12 January 2015
Jennifer Rohn of Lablit.com hosts the monthly book club dedicated to great fiction books with a science theme. If you're an interested reader who has something to say, then come along.
The format of Fiction Lab is simple. All you need to do is check this webpage for the book choice, read the book beforehand and then drop into the Ri to discuss it with other fiction lovers.
Fiction Lab will be held in the Sunley Room this month. Admission is free and there is no need to book tickets in advance.
- 13 January 2015 7-9:45pm
2015 is upon us so finally, after a two-year break, the Large Hadron Collider is about to restart with almost double the collision energy. To celebrate, join us as we follow six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider in this special screening of ‘Particle Fever’. After the film screening, Dr Harry Cliff, particle physicist at the University of Cambridge and curator of the Science Museum's Collider exhibition, will give a short talk about how things have developed since the filming of Particle Fever and what we can expect from the restart of the LHC.
- Any age
Good listeners and smooth talkers: Spoken communication in a challenging world
- 20 January 2015 7-8:30pm
Everyday spoken communication typically occurs in complicated, distracting and noisy environments. Join researchers from seven European countries for talks and interactive demonstrations, exploring what influences the ability to understand speech, what makes a ‘listener’ good or bad (whether human or machine), and what talkers do to smooth the way to better communication.
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.
- Any age
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.
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?