January 12, 2010 by Rob Powell
The RI confirmed last month they were reviewing the position of the Director, and they have now concluded that they should abolish the position and make Lady Greenfield redundant.
Greenfield had led the RI since 1998 and overseen a huge refurbishment project culminating in a visit from the Queen. The £22 million refurbishment has apparently failed to boost the RIs fortunes and it's continuing to lose money.
A statement released by Lady Greenfield says she has consulted with a QC and believes the decision to have been unlawful.
There's plenty of coverage of this across the media, so rather than rewrite it here, here's some links for further reading:
- BBC: Greenfield expected to sue for sex discrimination
- Guardian: Now the RI can concentrate on science
- Telegraph: Greenfield ousted for 'bringing bling to the RI'
- Telegraph: Ousting Greenfield was 'only way to get rid of her'
The Royal Institution of Great Britain, based in Albemarle St, today received a visit from the Queen to mark its £22million refurbishment. She was shown around the impressive remodelled facilities, and witnessed a demonstration of Heston Blumenthal fusing food and science
Famed for its popular, televised Christmas Lectures, the RI has been in in its historic Albemarle St premises since 1799, where it has been devoted to scientific education and research.
The refurbishment of the space, designed by renowned architect Sir Terry Farrell, has created a new feel to the RI with three levels of museum space, a stunning atrium, new cafe and restaurant, as well as keeping the existing Grade 1 listed rooms such as the Faraday theatre where the Christmas lectures are given.
The RI is a great place to visit, and thanks to its redevelopment, also makes an excellent venue for private hire.