Francis Kirke Posted December 30, 2016 Share Posted December 30, 2016 Gresham College, Headquarters of the Royal Society Gresham House was built in 1566 and named after its original owner, Sir Thomas Gresham, once a Mayor of London. Upon his death in 1597 this grand mansion was bequeathed to the city of London, with Gresham expressing his desire that it be used as a College, a place of learning, with room for lectures, research space and lodgings for seven professors, each of a different discipline. This entire venture is funded by the earnings of retail tax from the shops surrounding the Royal Exchange, which too was founded by Sir Thomas. His gift to the city allowed for great minds to come together and work upon their ideas, a practice cumulating in the founding of the Royal Society in 1660. Gresham college is open to members of the public, who may attend the free lectures that are held there regularly. All manner of topics are discussed, from natural philosophy to the applications of mathematics and the orbit of the planets. All who are interested in the pursuit of knowledge, or perhaps just the opportunity to seek the opinion of a learned academic, would be well advised to drop in on a session. The Lecture Theatre Visitors wishing to expand their intellects should make their way through a little door and enter the lecture theatre, where they would find themselves faced by a number of benches in long lines, sloping up the length of a cosy hall. The dark wooden rows are positioned to give even those seated at the back the opportunity to see the lecturer at his podium. Anyone in the farther rows is also benefitted by the remarkable acoustics of the room, which allows a speaker to project his theories with little need to raise his voice. Unfortunately, this also means that the squeaks and creaks of the aging chairs and the whispers of less enthusiastic attendees are amplified quite considerably. During the day, light is provided from the high windows that face out onto the College's courtyard, although shutters can be drawn to facilitate the use of demonstrations that require a darker environment. The room is already nearing a century of use, which perhaps explains the prevelance of dust and a curious aroma of musty books and burning. It should perhaps be explained that experiments involving exotic chemicals or the deaths of small mammals are not an uncommon sight in the College lecture theatre. The Courtyard This simple square is lined on two sides by sheltered walkways, supported by elegant columns, that offer protection from the elements for the wandering scholar. The courtyard itself has a lawn and lines of young elms along its edge. A stone urn sits upon a pedestal at the centre of the lawn, a pleasant feature in an otherwise unremarkable environment. Professor of Law: Richard Pearson Professor of Physics: John Mapletoft Professor of Music: Thomas Baynes Professor of Divinity: George Gifford Professor of Geometry: Robert Hooke Professor of Rhetoric: Henry Jenkes Professor of Astronomy: Walter Pope (OOC - feel free to change the thread title!!! I'm holding place ) Francis had not come by horseback. The evenings were proving rather cold for London. With the intermittent snow they were having, Kingston had gone by one of Buckingham's liveried coaches with Tommy in tow. The number of carriages on the road on the way there proved he was not the only one who thought that the preferred method of travel with this weather. There were flurries yet again! His outer coat was doing a good job of keeping in the warmth, but he was eager to get inside. Truth be told, he had spent so little time in places with cold weather, England included. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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