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Covid-19 update

Dear Ri supporter,

Our building remains closed, our face to face events are suspended, and most of our staff will be furloughed until the end of October.

Nevertheless, we have been live streaming new talks from the world’s leading scientists since the beginning of June and we are pleased that these will continue until at least the end of July. Planning for the 2020 CHRISTMAS LECTURES continues. And with the Government’s easing of social distancing and other lockdown measure, happily we are able to work on a plan to re-open the Ri in due course. The safety and well-being of our staff and visitors will be our the first priority.

However, as our main income generating activities rely on face to face interaction – particularly our public talks and venue hire – our income has plummeted. As a result, we are now consulting with everyone at the Ri on measures to reduce our staff costs. Sadly, we expect some posts to be made redundant, with the loss of some greatly valued and respected colleagues. 

As you know we are a small independent charity and receive no core Government funding. Donations, alongside our membership fees, are vital to our development and survival.

If you have already made a contribution, thank you very much – your generosity is greatly appreciated. If you haven’t, and you would like to, please donate via our JustGiving page. Every donation makes a difference, and we are extremely grateful to all of our supporters.

We hope that we will be able to welcome you back to the Ri, albeit in reduced numbers, very soon. In the meantime, there’s plenty of amazing science for you to enjoy on our YouTube channel and on the Ri website, and we have highlighted some of this content below.

We wish you and your families well over the coming weeks. Keep safe, and we look forward to re-joining you before too long.

With all best wishes

The Ri Team

Amazing science online

Sign up for one of our new live streamed talks from world-leading scientists, every Tuesday evening at 7pm. Or for past talks (also from world-leading scientists, but filmed pre-lockdown in our lovely theatre), please visit and subscribe to our free YouTube channel, with new videos released twice a week.

Then there’s our free podcasts on Soundcloud. And 100s of our CHRISTMAS LECTURES from 1968 to the present day are available to watch on our website for free.

For children aged 5-11 we have our ExpeRimental video series, which helps you turn your home into a science lab with fun at-home science activities.

We also have Masterclass resources available online with activities and puzzles for children.

Or why not explore the history of the Ri and the 221 years of scientific discovery that has taken place in our building through our iconic objects and people

And to keep up to date with everything happening at the Ri, now and when we re-open, you can follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, and sign up to our newsletter.

How to find us

The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
+44 (0) 20 7409 2992

Contact the Ri

By tube

The closest tube station to the Royal Institution is Green Park on the Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines. The Royal Institution is a five minute walk from the station. Also within a ten minute walking distance is Piccadilly Circus tube station, on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines, or Oxford Circus tube station on the Victoria, Central and Bakerloo lines.

By bus

There are numerous bus stops along Piccadilly which runs along the entrance to Albemarle Street.
Bus numbers: 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38

By bicycle

There is parking for bicycles located around the corner from the Ri, on Bond Street.

By car

Travelling to the Ri by car is inadvisable as there is only limited and expensive parking available nearby. Please note that the Ri is located within the Congestion Charging zone.

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