In the archives

Tales from the Ri’s historic collections. Explore the intriguing, sometimes unexpected stories of past Ri scientists, iconic objects, and documents.

The battle of camouflage

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
15.08.2014
Tank with solomon camouflage

Laurence Scales investigates Solomon J Solomon, the artist in awe of the feats of mass strategic camouflage he suspected the Germans achieved in WWI.

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Sensitive flames and invisible worlds

Posted by
Philip Ball
Date posted
11.08.2014
Blog listing image_diagram of sensitive flame

'Psychical' science or physical phenomena? Philip Ball investigates William Barrett's sensitive flames that lit a fire of controversy in the 1800s.

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Spotlight on Harriet Jane Moore

Posted by
Frank James
Date posted
23.07.2014

Harriet Jane Moore painted some of the most iconic ever images of a science laboratory. Professor Frank James explores her life and achievements.

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Ladies with attitude

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
02.07.2014
Edith Stoney & Ayton Hertha

On this day in 1928 women in the UK were given full electoral equality with men for the first time. Laurence Scales highlights the Ri women whose committed campaigning we have to thank for such a milestone.

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Agnes Clerke – an intense light on Victorian astronomy

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
27.06.2014

Laurence Scales continues his Ri members series with a profile of renowned astronomer and writer Agnes Clerke.

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Unravelling 200 years of the social network

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
09.06.2014
Arnold_Henry_Savage_Landor_with his cats

Laurence Scales discovers a Victorian social network bursting with eccentric characters in the archives of Ri membership forms – when he can read the handwriting, that is.

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Spotlight on Gwendy Caroe

Posted by
Frank James
Date posted
24.04.2014

Professor Frank James explores the life of Gwendy Caroe, the only daughter of W H Bragg, and highlights her lifelong dedication to the Royal Institution.

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Inside the BBC's Laws of Disorder

Posted by
Rupert Cole
Date posted
16.04.2014
The original frontpiece for the BBC TV series 'Laws of Disorder'

A hot topic? Rupert Cole writes about George Porter’s 1965 BBC series the Laws of Disorder, when thermodynamics was strangely in vogue.

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Lurking in a museum near you...

Posted by
Charlotte New
Date posted
28.03.2014
Ri archival vaults

As part of #MuseumWeek Curator of Collections, Charlotte New, talks about her day-to-day duties caring for the Ri collection, as well as some of the impressive objects hidden behind the scenes.

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Our ties across the pond

Posted by
Gail Cardew Frank James
Date posted
25.03.2014

What, or who, connects the Royal Institution in London with another famous institution in Washington D.C.? Gail Cardew and Frank James investigate.

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