Burlington House Courtyard Summer Late: ELEMENTS

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.

As 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table we will be exploring elements through art, history and science …

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

Please check individual Society pages for further details and information on how to book.

For over 250 years, the RA has existed to champion art and artists. Our exhibitions will be open until 10pm, including Summer Exhibition 2019, Félix Vallotton and Helene Schjerfbeck.

In honour of UNESCO’s International Year of the Periodic Table 2019, the Royal Society of Chemistry will be showcasing the wonders of the periodic table and chemical elements. Join us in our Library for talks from author Kit Chapman and science communicator Dan Plane as they take you on a journey through the periodic table and explore how new elements are discovered. In our Science Room you will be shown spectacular demonstrations by the Secret World of Gases team at Winchester Science Centre to explore the gases all around us. In our Fish Room you will be able to see the oldest surviving classroom periodic table, dating from 1885, on loan to the RSC by the University of St Andrews – this is the first time the table has been displayed to the public in over 100 years! Elsewhere in our building you can learn about the elements found in food and that are responsible for smells. Come and claim an element on our photo board, explore an interactive periodic table and design your own element square to go on our giant periodic table! No pre-booking is necessary for any of our activities.


Join us for a free behind-the-scenes tour of the Geological Society Library. This is a chance to see rooms of the Society not usually open to the public and some treasures from our collections. The tour includes a visit to our Map Room with its collection of 40,000 geological maps from around the world. To mark the Geological Society’s Year of Carbon and the courtyard theme of ELEMENTS, we will look at a few items from our archive that throw light on the importance of the coal industry to the development of the science of geology in the 19th Century.

Booking essential as space is limited – Book online

Join us for an evening of detective work to discover how life survives in the most extreme environments.  Activities will focus on different animals and plants and how they survive in environments where certain elements/ nutrients are lacking. Activities will include an escape room themed event in our discovery room, talks on carnivorous plants in the meeting room and games of life in the library.

Hydrogen (H),  helium (He) and oxygen (O) are the three most abundant elements in our universe, so it is appropriate that our event is all about the Sun (75% H and 25% He) and the Moon (42% O). We will focus on photography and cartography as we welcome Mark Holborn, who will be talking about his book Sun and Moon (Phaidon, 2019). Many of the sublime photographs which feature in the book will be on display in our Library.  Sign up for a free ticket


You are invited to join us at our Research Showcase for an engaging afternoon and evening event, providing our grant recipients the opportunity to present their work at Burlington House through table-top displays, talks and interactive workshops.
The aim is to raise public interest in and awareness of the Society, history and archaeology by showcasing significant research that the Society has supported. Admission is free and open to all.

We look forward to seeing you there …


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