2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, marking 150 years since Dmitri Mendeleev devised a system to arrange the elements.
Join us for an exhibition celebrating the history and future of this icon of chemistry. Find out about the timeline of the 118 elements from those known by ancient civilisations to those most recently created in particle accelerators.
While Mendeleev was not the first chemist to seek order among the known elements, he succeeded by leaving gaps for elements yet to be discovered. Since 1869, Mendeleev’s table has been completed and other scientists have offered alternative methods to display the elements.
Come along and discover the meaning behind these arrangements and consider whether the periodic table is truly complete or whether there are more elements yet to be found.
The centrepiece of this fascinating exhibition is a macramé periodic table, skilfully crafted by biochemist Jane Stewart using 200,000 knots.
You may also be interested in the talk Celebrating 150 Years of the Periodic Table on Monday 3 June.
About the curator and artist
Dr Annie Hodgson is a chemist and science communicator at the University of York and the Editor of the magazine Chemistry Review. She is the curator of the Celebrating 150 Years of the Periodic Table exhibition.
Jane Stewart is a STEM Ambassador who graduated as a biochemist from the University of Surrey in 2007. Jane lives in Guildford, where she spent around 350 hours creating her unique macramé periodic table. She was inspired to take on the project by her father Nevin, who is a retired industrial chemist.