18 November 2014
SCI's London Group
Royal Institution, London, UK
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A unique opportunity for a guided tour of this historic institution lead by Professor Frank James, is being organised by the London Group. The tour will cover elements of the history and architecture of the building as well as telling us stories behind some of the exhibition displays.
The Royal Institution was founded in March 1799 with the aim of introducing new technologies and teaching science to the general public.
Over the last two centuries the Royal Institution has been home to eminent scientists whose discoveries have been helped to shape the modern world. The likes of Faraday, Davy and Tyndall not only conducted their research at the Royal Institution, but just as importantly shared this work with a wide public audience.
The Royal Institution was founded to introduce new technologies and teach science to the general public through lectures and demonstrations. Humphry Davy, one of the first Professors, established scientific research as a crucial part of the Royal Institution's identity, something never envisaged by the founders of the institution.
Over the last two centuries the building and laboratories have been home to famous scientists such as Michael Faraday, who made discoveries here which have helped shape the modern world.
The Royal Institution, like so many other durable British institutions, has managed to preserve and indeed enhance much of its original purpose, while meeting the challenges posed over the past two hundred years by immense scientific and social change - change which the Royal Institution played a crucial role in bringing about. It has met these challenges by adapting, when necessary, its structures, where it concentrated its efforts, and in providing innovative programmes. The Royal Institution thus enters its third century still promoting 'the application of Science to the common Purposes of Life.'
The tour will commence at 14.30. We are also planning to meet for lunch at 13.00 at the RI Cafe. Numbers for this tour are limited, so early booking is essential.
Following the tour members are encouraged to move on to the Chemistry Department at UCL for the London Regional Group's evening lecture at 18.15, Robert Angus Smith, Acid Rain and the Monster Nuisance of All. The lecture is preceded by coffee in the Nyholm Room and is followed by wine and nibbles (also in the Nyholm Room).
Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Abermarle Street
London, W1S 4BS
Tel: +44(0) 20 7598 1594
Tour: £5.00 per person, payable in cash on the day for SCI members and their guests.
Participants will be responsible for paying their own lunch at the RI cafe
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