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The Royal Institution was founded in March 1799 with the aim of introducing new technologies and teaching science to the general public. Find out what happened next...

  • The Royal Institution building circa 1838

    The Royal Institution building circa 1838.

    Credit: Painting by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (1793-1864)
  • David Attenborough presents the Christmas Lectures 1973

    David Attenborough presents the 1973 CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

    Credit: Royal Institution
  • Sir Lawrence Bragg, giving the 1961 Christmas lectures in Ri theatre

    Sir Lawrence Bragg, giving the 1961 Christmas lectures in Ri theatre

    Credit: Terence Cuneo, 1962, oil on canvas

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