Digitising the CHRISTMAS LECTURES: vote for us!

The Ri’s proposal to digitise our archive of CHRISTMAS LECTURES has been nominated for the EMC Heritage Trust Project 2014. Now we need your votes to help us make happen.



The Royal Institution needs your help. We are finalists in the EMC Heritage Trust Project and in the running to be awarded a grant to digitise our fantastic and valuable archive of CHRISTMAS LECTURES. The final decision is based on which project gains the largest number of votes, so we need you to click here and vote for us!

The CHRISTMAS LECTURES have long been a tradition at the Royal Institution since they started in 1825. Great names in science like Michael Faraday, John Tyndall, James Dewar, Frank Whittle, Lawrence Bragg and George Porter have stood in the Ri lecture theatre and imparted their scientific knowledge to enthusiastic audiences of children. Since 1966 these lectures have been broadcast on national television and the recordings form a priceless part of the heritage of modern Britain and the Ri. Over the last few years we have started to make available these past recordings through our Ri Channel. Children and adults alike are able to recapture the scientific imagination of Professors such as Eric Laithwaite, Carl Sagan, Chris Bishop, Mark Miodownik and Alison Woollard. However there are many more of the 48 series since 1966 which are still on original 16mm film rolls within the archive of the Ri waiting to be digitised and there are also many series where no known original film exists.

The Ri has been lucky enough to be nominated for the EMC Heritage Trust Project 2014. If we win we are hoping to use the funds to digitise our remaining collections of Christmas Lecture as well as aim to track down the precious missing films, thereby making a unique resource of scientific education available to all online. To achieve this however we need your votes.

The EMC Heritage Trust Project recognizes and supports organisations worldwide that advocate the digitisation, preservation and improved access to significant cultural resources. We are up against 6 other sterling projects so every vote counts. If you would like to see more classic children, science and the occasional animal interactions then please click here and vote. The deadline is August 15, so get in quick!