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Date(s) - Friday, 17 May 2019
10:15 am - 12:30 pm

The Francis Crick Institute


The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical research centre in London, which opened in 2016. The institute has 1,500 staff, including 1,250 scientists, and an annual budget of over £100 million, making it the biggest single biomedical laboratory in Europe. It is named after Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine with Watson and Wilkins. Unofficially, the Crick has been called Sir Paul’s Cathedral, a reference to Sir Paul Nurse, its renowned director and the soaring scale of the architecture and the activity within.

We have been fortunate to be allowed privileged access to the building to be shown around the 6 above ground floors by Sophia, full time Science Administrator at the Institute and volunteer guide extraordinaire.

Travel. The main entrance is a short way up Midland Road, off Euston Road and immediately to the north of the British Library. Kings Cross and Euston Stations are a few minutes away.

Times. There are two time slots available – 10.15 or 11.30. Please state your preference on applying and arrive 10 minutes early to allow for registration at the desk. The tour will last about an hour.

Facilities. There is an onsite café, opening at 10 a.m. The building is accessible throughout.

Cost . £3 each, payable in advance.

Booking. (Essential.) Please return adjacent booking form or written application with requested details. And also enclose your cheque. If you cannot manage one of the start times, please say so. Click here for a blank application form.

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