Founded in 1799 to teach science to the general public through lectures and demonstrations, the Royal Institution is an organisation devoted scientific research based in London. It’s headquarters are based in 21 Albemarle Street, an area in central London not too far from Oxford Circus or Green Park tube stations.
Various famous scientists have worked here over its long history as well, with such names as Sir Humphrey Davy, Michael Faraday and James Dewar. Many of these figures have won the Noble prize in their fields of expertise. Major scientific discoveries were made here as well, with much of Faraday’s work in researching electricity having been done at the Institution, as well as the discovery of ten chemical elements and the invention of the electric generator.
Its collection also holds many notable objects from the history of science too, such as the world’s first electric transformer, a print of the first transatlantic telegraph signal and a prototype Davy lamp.
Many talks and demonstrations, regular lectures and other events also take place in the RI, with the famous Christmas Lectures having taken place since 1829. There’s also the Faraday Museum, a museum within the building that’s free to visit and is open from 9am to 6pm every Monday to Friday. Definitely a place worth visiting.
Its Youtube channel can be viewed here: