On Tuesday 13th August, we took part in the opening ceremony of the Story of the Periodic Table exhibition at the London headquarters of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly (next to the Royal Academy of Arts). This is the exhibition centred around the College’s collection of material relating to the Periodic Table. The exhibition includes publications on the earliest ideas of the Periodic Table, Mendeleev’s original publications, and some rather quirky exhibits on the elements themselves. Perhaps the highlights are the excessively rare first ever form of the Periodic Table, the vis Tellurique or telluric screw of the French mineralogist Béguyer de Chancourtois, and the stunningly beautiful silver Periodic Spiral commissioned and donated to the College to celebrate this special anniversary.
The exhibition is open to the public until August 30, as part of the celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table.
More information can be found here.
Photo credit: Sarah Fletcher