Become an Ri Patron

Becoming an Ri Patron is a rewarding way to support our charity in it's mission to inspire everyone to think more deeply about science and its place in our lives. Your philanthropy is truly valued and has a significant impact on our education and heritage programmes.

About Ri Patronage

Patronage has been at the heart of the Royal Institution since our foundation in 1799. By becoming an Ri Patron you join a valued group of individuals who provide essential support to the Ri from our education programmes to our heritage projects.

Your patronage allows us to expand and grow on our remarkable legacy and enables us to place science firmly at the centre of society.

As an Ri Patron you will join a group of like-minded individuals and enjoy access to a wide range of benefits including our curated series of patron events, exclusive speaker’s drinks receptions, behind-the-scenes access and have the opportunity to attend our Faraday Dinner.

The Royal Institution’s vision is for a world where everyone is inspired to think more deeply about science and its place in our lives. Your philanthropy helps us make this a reality.

Please contact Eleni Markopoulioti, Individual Giving Manager at patrons@ri.ac.ukor on +44 (0)20 7670 2950 to join now or for more information.

What our supporters say

  • An understanding and appreciation of science is more important than it ever was... This Institution has a marvellous record of bringing the understanding of science to children and today it can do it with technical devices and ingenuity which gives it a bigger reach than ever before. So the Ri couldn’t be more important.

    Sir David Attenborough

  • ...The lectures from that iconic theatre inspired me and should inspire future generations.

    Anna Batchelor

Electric Circle £350+

£350+ per year (suggested donation £177+ / benefits value £173)

Attend exclusive Ri Patron events and is the perfect way to discover more about the extensive work of the Ri.

Electric Circle Patronage includes:

  • Ri Membership and all associated benefits
  • Free access to all 'Ri Patrons present' events and drink receptions
  • The opportunity to attend the Faraday Dinner*
  • Regular tailored communications
  • Acknowledgement of your support on the Ri website

Join today by completing our Ri Patrons form.

Magnetic Circle £1000+

£1000+ per year (suggested donation £595+, benefits value £405) 

Gain a closer insight into our educational work for young people and hear directly from the teams responsible for these inspirational programmes.

Magnetic Circle Patronage includes:

  • All Electric Circle Patronage benefits
  • An invitation for two to attend the Faraday Dinner
  • Four complimentary tickets per annum for Ri talks*
  • An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES for you and two guests
  • A complimentary ticket exchange service*
  • A dedicated patron manager to deal with your bookings or queries
  • The opportunity to gain insight into our educational programmes
  • Acknowledgement of your support in our annual review

Join today by completing our Ri Patrons form.

Diffusion Circle £2500+

£2500+ per year (suggested donation £1987+, benefits value £513)

Be involved with the full breadth of work undertaken by the Ri, including our world-famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Diffusion Circle Patronage includes: 

  • All Magnetic Circle Patronage benefits
  • Exclusive access to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES**
  • Eight complimentary tickets per annum for Ri talks*
  • An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of our archives and the opportunity to meet our Christmas Lecturer for you and two guests
  • Opportunities to attend Ri field trips in UK and abroad***
  • Acknowledgement of your support on our donor wall at 21 Albemarle Street

Join today by completing our Ri Patrons form.

Faraday Circle £5000+

£5000+ per year (suggested donation £4398+, benefits value £602)

Be welcomed into the very heart of the Ri to share in our seminal moments as well as to understand and enjoy the varied work that your support enables.

Faraday Circle Patronage includes: 

  • All Diffusion Circle Patronage benefits
  • An invitation to round-table discussions with Trustees and Directors of the Ri
  • 12 complimentary tickets per annum for Ri talks*
  • Complimentary reserved seating in our lecture theatre
  • Bespoke opportunities tailored to your interests
  • Acknowledgement of your support on our donor wall at 21 Albemarle Street

Join today by completing our Ri Patrons form.

Make a gift in your will

Leaving a gift in your will to support the work of the Ri will help us to plan for the future. Your support will enable us to deliver our innovative events, education and outreach programmes and ensure that future generations continue to enjoy and benefit from such remarkable traditions as the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Find out more about making a gift in your will.

American Friends

If you are a taxpayer in the United States or Canada your subscription may be tax deductible.

Find out more about our American Friends programme.

More information

All patron levels comprise a benefits value indicating the actual cost of membership. Benefits can therefore be purchased separately at this price, any additional amounts given over or above this benefits value are given freely as a donation and are eligible for Gift Aid. Should you wish to purchase benefits separately please contact the patrons team on patrons@ri.ac.uk.

If you are having technical difficulties with our Patron form, please download the non-editable version, which can be printed and completed, and returned to us by email or post.

* subject to availability
** subject to availability; children must be aged 11-17 on day of attendance
*** subject to availability, additional costs apply

Contact us

If you want to find out more about our patrons programme please contact Eleni Markopoulioti, Individual Giving Manager at patrons@ri.ac.uk or +44 (0) 207 670 2950.

Become a member

Benefit from free and better than half-price tickets, special offers and access to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES ticket ballot.

Join todayGo