Burlington House Courtyard Late – Friday 27 July

Resources 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 explore the theme of ‘resources’ (in its widest sense!) with the resources needed, used and produced as part of each Society’s contribution to the study of art, history and science …

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

*All activities are currently provisional, but the below should provide a taster of what to expect…*

Programme TBC


Discover how chemical scientists are working to protect our natural resources on earth and find new resources in space with interactive shows and fun hands-on activities.

Meet researchers from Imperial College London who are working to preserve Earth’s resources and explore the new porous materials they are making to capture large amounts of air pollutants, including greenhouse gases. Experiment with different materials to discover which one protects astronauts investigating new resource supplies in space from the effects of harmful UV light.

In our shows, you can learn about the wonders of modern sensing technology and how they are used to find resources, diagnose cancer, track animal migrations or work out which local cat is peeing in your garden.


Gold Rush! A Geological Time-Travelling Treasure Hunt

The year is 1911. The Fellowship of the Geological Society has made the difficult decision to finally give away the collections of fossils, rocks and minerals that make up its Museum.  However the last Curator has other ideas: he has saved one precious item and hidden it somewhere in the building.

Earlier this year the Geological Society Archivist uncovered his secret treasure map. There’s just one problem – he has encrypted the clues using the geological timescale.

Join us to learn about the geological timescale and help find the Curator’s gold!

Booking essential. Find out more and book tickets at www.geolsoc.org.uk/goldrush

Listen to fascinating 15 minute talks in the Linnean Society’s meeting room, looking at plants as resources. Topics include how plants have been used both as medicines and poisons, how algae has been exploited as a resource for sustainable futures and how plant conservation science is being used to tackle food and income security in developing countries.

Continuing the theme of plants as resources, attend an exclusive spirit tasting session in the Society’s Library looking at the use of plants in gin, vodka and whisky, as well as a herbal tea making session in the education room. Experts will be on hand in both rooms to discuss the use of plants in the various spirits and tea. Slots will last 15 minutes each for both the spirit tasting and the tea making. Both the spirit tasting and tea making will need to be booked in advanced via the Linnean Society Website.


“Space rocks – a link between us and the stars“

Dr Matthew Genge, a planetary scientist from Imperial College London, will give short talks  explaining how rocks, big and small, fill up the apparently empty void of outer space and how we couldn’t exist without them.  He will also have a few meteorites and minerals on display.

Drop in to the RAS Library and Archives to see observations by some of the first astronomers to discover asteroids and minor planets

Unearthing the Past: Research Showcase. As part of this event, the Society’s grant recipients will present their recent research through table-top displays, talks, and interactive workshops. Our aim is to raise public interest in and awareness of history and archaeology by showcasing significant research that the Society has supported. This evening will explore the ways in which the Society’s ‘resources’ support further creation of scholarly resources and learning.

The interactive displays and workshops are designed to be stimulating, informative and accessible to all ages – so bring the whole family along! It also allows members of the public to explore the ground-floor of our historic apartments at Burlington House, learning about how and why we undertake research into the past.

Find out more >

We look forward to seeing you there…

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