Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The Royal Society

'The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.'...so says the introduction on the Royal Society  website.

Having watched Trouping The Colour from their terrace , we were then given a guided tour of the building on Carlton House Terrace.

Carlton House Terrace is the Royal Society's fifth home and has been used since 1967.
Carlton House was located on part of the former Royal Garden of St James's Palace, roughly where Pall Mall and Waterloo Place now intersect. More history can be found at the  history section of the Society's website.

The President's staircase.

The staircase has a carved timber ceiling with Mother of Pearl inlay.

The Wolfson Library Room 2 was once a reception room.

The Wolfson Library which was once used for lavish parties at the turn of the twentieth century - note the painted ceiling with gold leaf detail.

Staff offices on the upper floors overlook an atrium which features a model of UK Ariel 1, the world's first international satellite.

Stained glass window showing the Arms of the Society was brought from Burlington House (a former home of the Society) , where it had been installed to mark the tercentenary of the Society in 1960.

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