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Periodic table makeover with Nottingham landmarks

Nottingham's version of the periodic table features local landmarks Credit: University of Nottingham

Children from Blue Bell Hill Primary School in Nottingham are getting a preview look today at a special periodic table that replaces scientific symbols with local landmarks and famous people.

The first-ever Nottingham Periodic Table will be officially unveiled at the University of Nottingham's Wonder event on the 15th June.

The table has been put together from hundreds of suggestions of landmarks, people and sayings across Nottingham.

It's a whole new take on the Periodic table Credit: University of Nottingham

So what's on the table ?

  • Nottingham legends Robin Hood and Brian Clough are Rhodium (Rh) and Bromine (Br)
  • Fashion designer Paul Smith is Protactinium (Pa)
  • Wollaton from the University campus is Tungsten (W)
  • Queen Isabella is I, after reportedly seeking refuge in Nottingham Castle

"This Nottingham Periodic Table is a fantastic celebration of the people and places that make the city such a great place to live, work and study.

It is also a fun and creative way to mark the important milestone this invaluable tool of chemistry has reached.

People really engaged with this idea and we had hundreds of suggestions, there's a good mix of the obvious things that everyone knows but also plenty of unexpected suggestions that revealed something we didn't know about the city.

I think it will be a real talking point at this year's Wonder!"

– Sam Tang, Public Awareness Scientist at the University of Nottingham

The new table will be celebrated at the Wonder 2019 event at the University of Nottingham's University Park this Saturday. Teams are holding more than a hundred campus activities celebrating science experiments.

Take a look at one of the world's oldest periodic tables below.

This is what's thought to be the world’s oldest periodic table, found at the University of St Andrews Credit: University of St Andrews/PA