The Royal Institution

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The Royal Institution (RI) is a London-based charity providing science education and outreach.

Founded in 1799, the Royal Institution offers live events, both in its London theatre and livestreamed online, in which leading scientists and thinkers explain or discuss scientific ideas. The RI runs workshops for school children and often holds family fun days and live events aimed at families. It also takes part in science events across the UK. The Royal Institution is home to the Faraday Museum and an extensive scientific archive. Its Christmas Lectures have run every December since 1825, and are currently broadcast in the UK on BBC Four.

How You Can Help

Time: various, typically one day at a time

Volunteer at the Royal Institution, at the RI in London or at events across the UK such as the Cheltenham Science Festival.

Money: various; memberships start from £30 per year

Join the RI as a member (concessions are available) or become a patron. You can also donate to the RI on a one-off basis.

Location: London, UK

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(This information was updated 14/10/22 and will be checked regularly by the Do Something Directory team. If you notice any mistakes, please let us know.)


Published by Francesca

Author • Founder and Managing Director of the Do Something Directory • Still can't believe MCR reunited.

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