Sadly, the Royal Institution (RI) has put it’s historic building at Mayfair up for sale. The historic significance of this building can’t be understated. Some of the defining experiments of physics and chemistry were performed there, notably by Faraday and Davy. The RI owes creditors about 7 million pounds after a 22 million pound refurbishment of the building undertaken just prior to the market crash of 2008. Oxford neuroscientist Colin Blakemore was quoted as saying “A fraction of the cost of a Picasso or a football club would save this venerable institution. Surely there’s a benefactor out there who wants to secure a place in history by rescuing it?” Unfortunately, we live in an age in which things like the RI are simply not valued by society as a whole.