International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT2019)

As 1869 is considered as the year of discovery of the Periodic System by Dmitri Mendeleev, 2019 will be the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and has therefore been proclaimed the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)” by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.

The Higgs & Crick Periodic Table

We have been making our iconic Periodic Table artwork for discerning clientele since 2013. It hangs on walls in homes, galleries and offices all over the world and is proudly on display at the Royal Society of Chemistry in Mayfair. This British made work of art comprises of 120 hand-decorated, kiln-fired, ceramic tiles which are set in a bespoke oak frame. Each periodic table is made to order and is part of a limited edition of 118. Find out more below.

How it's made

Each ceramic tile, which is made in the UK, has our unique graphics transferred on by hand, before being kiln-fired and quality controlled. The oak frames are made in local workshops before being brought to Saffron Walden to be set with the complete table of elements. The custom made brackets are then fitted before both parts of the periodic table are brushed and polished.

A Piece of History

The earliest versions of our Periodic Tables were made before the final few elements had been named – these capture a time in history, and mark our ever expanding knowledge of the world in which we live. The Periodic Table has been ever changing, with discovered elements being named and atomic weights being amended . Whilst the remaining elements have been officially named, and our tables subsequently updated, who knows what the next iteration of this iconic piece of scientific history will be.

We have donated two of our pieces to the Royal Society of Chemistry in Mayfair; feel free to stop by and take a look next time you are in London.

UNESCO

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

2019 will be the 150th anniversary since Dmitry Mendeleev discovered the Periodic System and has been proclaimed the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements” (IYPT2019).

The initiative for IYPT2019 is supported by IUPAC in partnership with the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), European Association for Chemical and Molecular Science (EuCheMS), the International Council for Science (ICSU), International Astronomical Union (IAU), and the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPS). It was submitted by numerous organizations from over 50 countries around the world.