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20 years ago: Anniversary planting

24 September 2015 Flashback

Queen’s University Belfast celebrated its 150th anniversary by planting a laburnum tree outside the former laboratory of chemist Thomas Andrews

20 years ago: RSC on the World Wide Web

23 July 2015 Flashback

The Royal Society of Chemistry launched it's online presence at a ceremony in Cambridge

20 years ago: The chemist collector

2 July 2015 Flashback

Sigma-Aldrich founder Alfred Bader published his autobiography

45 years ago: A medal for Atkins

28 May 2015 Flashback

Peter Atkins was awarded the 1969 Meldola medal for his work in theoretical chemistry

30 years ago: wartime degrees

24 April 2015 Flashback

How prisoners during the Second World War were able to study for chemistry degrees

Fortress House

2 April 2015 Flashback

The Scientific Societies Lecture Theatre in Savile Row, London, was used for RSC lectures for many years

Metal mergers

26 February 2015 Flashback

The Metals Society and the Institution of Metallurgists merged to form a new learned society

Notes on notation

29 January 2015 Flashback

The UK chapter of the Chemical Notation Association met for the first time

A plaque for penicillin

19 December 2014 Flashback

The second International Historic Chemical Landmark was designated at St Mary’s Hospital in London

10 years ago: periodic poster purchased

27 November 2014 Flashback

An RSC poster of the periodic table from Damien Hirst's restaurant sold for £6000

10 years ago: Manchester merger

30 October 2014 Flashback

UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester merged to form the University of Manchester

10 years ago: Chemistry World's critical acclaim

2 October 2014 Flashback

Over the past decade the magazine has won or been nominated for several awards

10 years ago: open access

21 August 2014 Flashback

The start of a shift to new publishing models

10 years ago: science learning centres

25 July 2014 Flashback

Plans were laid for a new network of science learning centres to be established across the UK

10 years ago: CoEBio3 opens in Manchester

26 June 2014 Flashback

The Centre of Excellence in Biocatalysis, Biotransformations and Biocatalytic Manufacture opened its doors in 2004

10 years ago: Sanofi-Aventis takeover

30 May 2014 Flashback

Aventis accepted a takeover bid from French rival Sanofi Synthélabo, creating the world's third largest pharma giant

10 years ago: Knovel resources

24 April 2014 Flashback

The Royal Society of Chemistry gave members access to the Knovel library

10 years ago: art analysis at the National Gallery

3 April 2014 Flashback

Soap was found to have formed on the surface of some oil paintings

10 years ago: new heavy elements

28 February 2014 Flashback

Scientists in Russia and the US created elements 113 and 115

10 years ago: counterfeit coins

24 January 2014 Flashback

XRF spectrometry helped to sort real money from fool's gold

10 years ago: Oxford's new labs

19 December 2013 Flashback

Researchers moved into Oxford University's new Chemistry Research Laboratory

25 years ago: Chemistry week in parliament

28 November 2013 Flashback

MPs were entertained with dry ice at the RSC's first chemistry week exhibition in Westminster

25 years ago: British Biotechnology's success

24 October 2013 Flashback

The excitement surrounding the Oxford based firm was unfortunately not to last

30 years ago: Award announced

30 September 2013 Flashback

The Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship was launched to encourage research in organometallic chemistry or coordination chemistry of transition metals

30 years ago: Cookson Group celebrate

30 August 2013 Flashback

Cookson Group celebrate 50 years at Perivale site