In the archives

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

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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A day in the life of John Tyndall

Posted by
Roland Jackson
Date posted
24.03.2014
John Tyndall portrait

Roland Jackson, writing as Tyndall, delves into the Ri Professor's diaries to discover what he was up to on this day in 1866.

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Spotlight on Jane Davy

Posted by
Frank James
Date posted
21.03.2014
Close up of Jane Davy's signature at the end of a letter

Professor Frank James explores the high society life of Jane Davy, wife of renowned Ri chemist Humphry Davy.

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A Valentine's Day poem to remember

Posted by
Wahida Amin
Date posted
14.02.2014
Hand written valentine poem to Humphry Davy

Why did one of the Ri's most renowned scientists, Humphry Davy, keep a series of poems from his admirers?

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The unheard history of the Friday Evening Discourses

Posted by
Jane Harrison
Date posted
13.02.2014
S. L. Bragg, Chief Scientist at Rolls-Royce Ltd., gives his Discourse 'Oscillations and Noise in Jet Engines' in 1963.

Jane Harrison delves into our archive of audio recordings and explains how you can help preserve this unique legacy of our famous Friday Evening Discourses.

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Spotlight on Sarah Faraday

Posted by
Frank James
Date posted
13.02.2014
Sarah Faraday

Professor Frank James explores the life of Sarah Faraday, the wife of eminent Ri scientist Michael Faraday.

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