Also known as the Royal Society of London (for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge). A learned society for science, granted a royal charter by King Charles II. Wren was a founding member. The Society first met at Gresham College. In 1710 it moved into its own home in two houses in Crane Court. In 1780 it moved into Somerset House, along with a number of other learned societies, and in 1967 it moved to its current location in Carlton House Terrace. Invested in the slave trade.