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Royal Institution 'may sell headquarters'

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The Royal Institution, one of the oldest scientific organisations in the world, may have to sell its prestigious Mayfair home because of financial trouble.

The Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden said that the Royal Institution is "really the place that invented science communication", but the £22m re-vamp of its headquarters "hasn't really worked."

Science broadcaster and physics professor Jim Al-Khalili told the Today programme that it is "vitally important" for the Royal Institution to flourish, saying that 15 Nobel prizes have been awarded for work carried out there and 10 chemical elements were discovered there. Prof Al-Khalili added that the institution is "moving very much with the times."


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