Festival of Chemistry comes to South Ken

To celebrate 150 years of the Period Table museums throughout South Kensington host the Festival of Chemistry.

STo celebrate 150 years of the Periodic Table of the Elements in 2019, the Science Museum, V&A, Imperial College London, Royal College of Art, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and Royal Society of Chemistry are holding a festival of chemistry in South Kensington, London.

The festival, which takes place during the UN’s International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, will include family-friendly activities at the Science Museum and Imperial College London and two one-day academic conferences exploring the history of chemistry and its future. The Science Museum will also unveil a new display about the Periodic Table and host a chemistry-themed Lates as part of the festival.

Families will be able to take part in free chemistry-themed activities every weekend at the Science Museum until 28 April and daily during the upcoming February half term and Easter holidays.

A chemistry-themed family day will take place on 23 March, enabling families to take part in activities with chemistry professionals and to rehearse and perform a song inspired by the periodic table with the Girls’ Choir of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, live in the Science Museum.

Dmitri Mendeleev’s first published periodic table will go on display in the Science Museum alongside a collection of over 50 elements once owned by Napoleon’s nephew, Prince Louis Lucien Bonaparte. This free new display celebrating the Periodic Table of Elements will open on 6 March, the date Mendeleev’s periodic table was announced in 1869.

Check out our events page for detailed information on individual events throughout the festival.

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