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The Ri is an independent charity that receives no government funding. In order to ensure our CHRISTMAS LECTURES and other educational programmes realise their full potential we rely strongly on the generosity of our supporters.

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Started by Michael Faraday in 1825, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES have been inspiring children and adults with the wonders of science, through the use of spectacular demonstrations and world-class Lecturers. Now established as the longest running scientific series on television the Lectures have become one of the most highly viewed factual programmes on BBC4.

As the custodians of this remarkable tradition the Ri is dedicated to ensuring the CHRISTMAS LECTURES will continue to inspire generations with science for years to come.

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