UK national academy of science The Royal Society is to open its Library Room for events.
The central London venue is opening the new meeting space to cope with growing demand for events. It is also refurbishing its kitchen and enhancing a new library space at a combined cost of more than £2m. All three will open in September.
Once refurbished, the new Library Room – which overlooks The Mall – will accommodate 50-100 delegates and join the 12 existing rooms at The Society that can host parties numbering between 10 and 300. The room is located in the Grade I listed 6-9 Carlton Terrace.
The Royal Society’s newly appointed Head of Conference Services Nicholas da Costa said: “The Royal Society has hosted some of the most important events in the scientific world, so it is vital to make our venue as widely accessible as possible. The opening of The Library will expand and enhance our ability to meet these needs.
“We are more popular than ever before and as a consequence supply is struggling to keep up with demand – which is a marvellous problem. The Library will ease this problem and at the same time our archive remains accessible to all who appreciate and use it.”
The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists – dating from founding Fellow Sir Christopher Wren in 1660 to Sir Tim Berners Lee today.
The venue features attractions including a handwritten manuscript of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica, and Sir Robert Boyle’s 24 wishes, which 350 years’ ago foresaw the arrival of the coffee house, the dawn of air travel and the production of Kevlar body armour.
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