ChemFest 2019

To 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.

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.

Marvellous Mistakes

Every weekend until 28th April, daily Feb half term & Easter Holidays
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Find out how chemistry mistakes brought us some of the most colourful, loud and lifesaving inventions in our family storytelling. Storytelling for ages 3-6, Free

Cracking Chemistry

Every weekend until 28th April, daily Feb half term & Easter Holidays
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Discover the wonderful world of chemistry in this explosive show. With experiments including everything from party balloons to cake, we promise you’ll have a blast. Interactive science show for ages 6+, Free

It's a Chem-mystery

Every weekend until 28th April, daily Feb half term & Easter Holidays
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Complete chemical experiments to solve a mystery and win a prize. Hands-on workshop for ages 6+, Free

Tomorrow's World Live: Can a sustainable future be colourful?

19th - 21st Feb
11-1pm & 2-4pm
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Meet the scientists inspired by shimmering berries and glittering bugs to create environmentally friendly colour, without the need for hazardous artificial dyes.

150 years of the Periodic Table of Elements

6th March - Dec
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A new free display at the Science Museum will celebrate the Periodic Table of Elements, opening 150 years to the day since Dmitri Mendeleev’s periodic table was announced in 1869. The display will include a copy of Mendeleev’s first published periodic table and a collection of over 50 elements once owned by Napoleon’s nephew, Prince Louis Lucien Bonaparte.

Family Day

23rd March
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A free chemistry-themed family day, featuring workshops delivered by chemistry professionals and family activities. Families can also hear live performances from the Girls' Choir of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and even rehearse and sing a periodic table-themed song with the choir live in the museum.

Chemistry Lates

24th April
6.30-10pm
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The Science Museum will host a chemistry-themed Lates in partnership with Imperial College London and the Royal Society of Chemistry, giving adults the opportunity to explore chemistry and the museum afterhours. Free tickets and further information will be available in April.

The Order of Colour: Visit to the Colour Reference Library, Royal College of Art

10th April
10.30-11.30am
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A rare opportunity to see treasures and ephemera from the Colour Reference Library, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of colour-related publications in the world. Visitors will be introduced to a range of historical systems and schemes for representing and organising colour, including hand-coloured materials, and these will be contrasted with commercial samples and ephemeral schemes devised after the advent of synthetic dyes. From the ‘White of the Human Eyeballs’ to the ‘Mauve Potato Flower’, this session will explore the challenges of describing and organising colour and the long quest to pin it down.

Lecture Demonstration by Dr Peter Wothers

10th April
Imperial College London
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Pete Wothers has been involved in engaging young people in chemistry for over 15 years. He gave the 2012 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, The Modern Alchemist and fronts the chemistry lectures for the Cambridge Science Festival. For more info contact Amna Siddiq: amna.siddiq@imperial.ac.uk.

The Order of Colour: Visit to the Colour Reference Library

10th April
3-4pm
Royal College of Art
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A rare opportunity to see treasures and ephemera from the Colour Reference Library, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of colour-related publications in the world. Visitors will be introduced to a range of historical systems and schemes for representing and organising colour, including hand-coloured materials, and these will be contrasted with commercial samples and ephemeral schemes devised after the advent of synthetic dyes. From the ‘White of the Human Eyeballs’ to the ‘Mauve Potato Flower’, this session will explore the challenges of describing and organising colour and the long quest to pin it down.

Chemistry Futures 2040

12th April
Imperial College London
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Following Chemistry in Albertopolis, Chemistry Futures 2040 will explore cutting-edge science in chemistry, presenting provocative visions, technological breakthroughs and the potential discipline evolution. The event will be hosted at Imperial College London’s new Molecular Sciences Research Hub at White City, showcasing startups, industry perspectives, new tools and emerging scientists of the field.

Chemistry in Albertopolis

11th April
9.30am - 7.30pm
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Hosted by the Science Museum and Imperial College London, this one-day academic conference will explore the 150-year history of chemistry in South Kensington. The conference will feature sessions and tours celebrating the institutions which helped make chemistry a key facet of intellectual and public life in this area. Free but limited tickets.