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Royal Institution of Great Britain
The Royal Institution was founded in 1799 for ‘diffusing the knowledge… and application of science to the common purposes of life’; from behind its neoclassical façade, it’s been at the forefront of London’s scientific achievements ever since. In 2008, Sir Terry Farrell completed a £22m rebuild, inside and out, with the brief of improving accessibility and finding ways to lure people inside. The result is a more open frontage, a restaurant, a bar and a café. The Michael Faraday Laboratory, a complete replica of Faraday’s former workspace, is in the basement, alongside a working laboratory in which RI scientists can be observed researching their current projects. Some 1,000 of the RI’s 7,000-odd scientific objects are on display, including the world’s first electric transformer, a prototype Davy lamp and, from 1858, a print of the first transatlantic telegraph signal. The RI also holds a terrific rolling programme of talks and demonstrations in its lecture theatre, most famously at Christmas.
What's on in Mayfair this week
Charles Harlan: The Obelisk and the Dome
The New York-based sculptor makes ordered, precise, large-scale works out of industrial materials like concrete, bricks and, in this exhibition, old iron baths.
Working between figuration and abstraction, the Argentine artist creates art that makes nods to cubist painting, topographical maps and transitional...
Holiday: Summer Group Show
Holidays, for artists, aren't generally about sunloungers in Marbella – they tend to be more complex than that. This show amasses a group of twentieth...