Home to The British Academy

{10 - 11} Carlton House Terrace is home to The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the promotion of the humanities and social sciences.

Home to The British Academy

{10-11} Carlton House Terrace is now home to the British Academy, the voice of the humanities and social sciences. The Academy is an independent fellowship of world-leading scholars and researchers; a funding body for research, nationally and internationally; and a forum for debate and engagement. The British Academy offers a wide range of free events to the public. 

From archaeology to psychology, law to linguistics, history to economics, the Academy aims to inspire, recognise, and support excellence in its disciplines, as well as shape policy and nurture curiosity. 

The creation of a British Academy was first proposed in 1899 so that Britain could be represented at a meeting of European and American academies. In 1902 it received its Royal Charter from King Edward VII and has gone on from strength to strength ever since. Many of Britain's most distinguished scholars in the humanities and social sciences have been involved in the life of the Academy.  

The roll call of past Fellows includes: the influential economists John Maynard Keynes and William Beveridge; the eminent thinkers Karl Popper and Isaiah Berlin; Louis and Mary Leakey, who made pioneering discoveries on the origins of man; and C. S. Lewis and Henry Moore, Fellows who combined learning with creativity. 

Current Fellows include classicist Mary Beard, historian Diarmaid MacCulloch, sociologist Tariq Modood, author and critic Marina Warner, and political scientist John Curtice. The President is historian Sir David Cannadine. 

In order to fulfil its potential, the Academy must place itself on a strong and stable footing. Venue Hire generates valuable unrestricted funds using its distinctive home at 10–11 Carlton House Terrace.  The income generated from venue hire helps fulfil one of the Academy's strategic objectives to make the most of our assets to secure the Academy for the future.