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Discover the best kept secrets of the Royal Society archives.

In the depths below Carlton House Terrace lies a mind boggling collection of artefacts and records from the earliest times of scientific endeavour.

For one night only our expert library team will share some of their favourites with you. From unusual objects and science fiction to stories about code breakers, this is an exclusive opportunity to explore some archival treasures and learn about our fascinating history.

This event is part of our Summer Science Exhibition Lates evening.

Running times

This event will run at 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm, and 8.30pm.

Talk – admittance for our talks is first-come, first-served. Please ensure you arrive early for talks as we can get busy at the weekends and you may need to queue to get into the building.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required 
  • Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 
  • Doors open 15 minutes before start of event
  • Adults only
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements 
  • Summer Science Exhibition Lates is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2018

For all enquiries, please email