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 gyroscope, an engineer and the CHRISTMAS LECTURES

Posted by
Frank James
Date posted
10.12.2013
Eric Laithwaite delivering CHRISTMAS LECTURES

Eric Laithwaite was a British electrical engineer and presenter of the 1974 CHRISTMAS LECTURES who sparked a controversial debate with his unconventional views on the behaviour of gyroscopes.

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Lights out

Posted by
Katherine Doyle
Date posted
13.11.2013
Photo of a Harvey Nichols receipt for black out curtains during the Second World War

What does a quote for curtains tell our archivists about the history of the Ri?

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The president, the bullet and the Ri

Posted by
Charlotte New
Date posted
01.10.2013
President Garfield lying wounded in his room at the White House

Find out how two new inventions almost saved the life of an American president.

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Adventures in Archive: Faraday and Fluorine

Posted by
Frank James Robert Cawston
Date posted
02.04.2013
Faraday's notebooks

Telling stories from the Ri's Archive can mean highlighting failure as well as scientific success.

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Michael Faraday's appointment to the Royal Institution, 1 March 1813

Posted by
Frank James
Date posted
01.03.2013

The first of March 2013 marks the bicentenary of the appointment of Michael Faraday to the Royal Institution.

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