Burlington House Courtyard Summer Late

Colours of Burlington House

See the Burlington House Courtyard like never before and discover the six learned societies that reside here, furthering the study of art, history and science and sharing it with audiences around the world.

During this event, visitors will be introduced to our special collections as we each explore the relationship of colour with art, history and science …

Each society has a unique programme to offer audiences of all ages, and great food and drink on offer, too!

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
Meet the RA librarian, Adam Waterton, who will present ‘Colour theory and teaching at the Royal Academy of Arts’. The talk will take place at 7pm and 8pm (sign up in the RA Front Hall).

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY
Drop in to explore the science of colour through comedy, cartoons, colourful demonstrations and more! Chemical scientists will be getting creative about sharing their chemistry.

GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY*
Drop in for a free talk on the following:

– Colour of Maps (18.30)
– Colour of Fossils (19.00 and 20.00)

LINNEAN SOCIETY
Pre-book for an exclusive talk by award-winning author Paul Henderson FLS on influential 18th-century botanical artist James Sowerby’s use of colour. Visit the library to explore natural history texts using RHS colour charts. Read about the ‘natural history’ of colour and try your hand at making your own naturally derived paints and dyes in our education space.

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
Enjoy a free talk on spectroscopy (Rainbow Astronomy), and visit our Library to discover how 19th-century pioneers like William and Margaret Huggins and other astronomers used new techniques in spectroscopy and photography to find out what stars are made of.

SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF LONDON
Explore the splendour of Tudor portraiture (and find out who could wear ‘cloth of gold’) at our ‘Blood Royal: Picturing the Tudor Monarchy’ exhibition. Meet a historic musician and join a felt-making workshop to create and take home your own hair accessory inspired by our Tudor portraits.

We look forward to seeing you there …

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