Burlington House, housing The Royal Academy, was constructed, in its current guise, as a building for six “Learned Societies” (given what has been there – a slight understatement!).
Since 1874, Burlington House has been home to:
- Society of Antiquaries
- Royal Academy of Arts
- Linnean Society
- Geological Society
- Royal Astronomical Society
- Royal Society of Chemistry (formerly The Chemical Society)
Together, the societies contribute to the cultural, historic, natural and scientific cultural environments.
The organisations are exploiting their close proximity to work together on breaking down the barriers between the arts and sciences, improving cross-fertilisation and communication between the disciplines.
A quote from ‘A Brief History of Burlington House’ explains how the building itself contributes in some way:
The playwright and architect Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726) famously wrote that such multi-layered historic buildings have the power to “create lively and pleasing reflections on the remarkable things which have been transacted in them, or the extraordinary occasions of erecting them”. Vanbrugh was suggesting that the experience of visiting historic buildings fires the imagination and conjures up a wealth of new ideas about their builders and occupants. Similarly, through looking at, and understanding, a building such as Burlington House and the diverse organisations that have taken residence there, one can begin to appreciate the motivations and circumstances of those who left their mark upon it.
So you can imagine, shortly after we created our Periodic Table, both as a work of art and a starting point for our companies vision, and were subsequently asked by The Royal Society of Chemistry to donate one to them, we were understandably humbled but excited. So Higgs & Crick have been able to in some small way leave our mark on Burlington House, but it will never be the same amount that it has made upon us. The most incredible totem to design, science and art in one location in the worlds greatest city!
We have recently donated a second Periodic Table to the RSC for their offices in Cambridge. We proudly installed in in 2019 and look forward to other collaborations with this fine British institution.
If you find yourself at Burlington House do stop in at the Royal Society of Chemistry to take a look at our Periodic Table. They also have an excellent digital version which can be found on their site: http://www.rsc.org.