The Chemical Landmark Scheme is a Royal Society of Chemistry initiative recognising sites where the chemical sciences have made a significant contribution to health, wealth, or quality of life.
Our distinctive blue plaques are publicly visible, giving everyone an insight into chemistry's relevance to everyday lives.
Chemical Landmarks are awarded to recognise sites of chemical discovery or development.
Nominated sites should meet both the following criteria.
- Historical significance: The site has seen a development in the chemical sciences that has made a significant contribution to the health, wealth or quality of life of the nation.
- Public visibility: The Chemical Landmark plaque should be mounted in as publicly visible a space as possible, giving those without a background in the chemical sciences an insight into its significance in their everyday lives.
Up to £2,000 is available from the Royal Society of Chemistry to celebrate a successful award. This grant is intended to be spent on event management (venue, set-up, reception, etc) and publicity.
A maximum of four Chemical Landmark plaques are awarded each year. To date, over 50 plaques have been awarded, including four international landmarks.
You can nominate a Chemical Landmark by completing the application form. Applications can be made at any time, and will be considered twice annually, at the end of April and October.