Royal Institution of Great Britain Archive

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  • Archival and Other Holdings

    The archive collections of the Royal Institution include the personal papers and experimental notebooks of many of the scientists who have researched, lectured and lived in the building. The major personal collections include the papers of Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday, and William and Lawrence Bragg along with smaller collections of associated individuals such as John Davy, Sir William Crookes, Benjamin Thompson and Louisa Tyndall.The collection also contains documents relating to the running of the Royal Institution, covering everything from the initial modifications to the building, minutes of managers and Council meetings, membership and lecture lists. Together they give a very detailed picture of life at the Ri over the last two centuries.