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From Nantwich to Oxygen: Joseph Priestley’s Journey of Discovery

14 August - 26 October 2019, Nantwich, United Kingdom

With support from the RSC, Nantwich Museum has developed this exhibition as part of the 2019 International Year of the Periodic Table celebrations.

Joseph Priestley, discoverer of oxygen, was a dissenting minister in Nantwich from 1758-61 and established a school there. The subjects he taught included science - his pupils were introduced to scientific equipment and experiments and historians have suggested that Priestley’s scientific teachings constituted the first ever science lessons. During his time in Nantwich he wrote an English Grammar, and he is still recognised as a major figure in the study of English by today’s teachers and students of linguistics. Priestley made significant contributions in other fields such as religious and political philosophy, emerging as an important, though controversial, national figure and man of the Enlightenment.
Soon after Priestley’s discovery of oxygen in 1774 the history of the Periodic Table begins, and this is used to introduce it to Museum visitors of all ages. The role and importance of oxygen is also a key component of the exhibition.

Throughout the exhibition the following will be available:
Information panels; Historical artefacts and documents; An element trail around the Museum; Periodic Table games and displays; An embroidered Periodic Table.
Special events:
“Priestley’s Element”:  drop-in workshop for children organised by the RSC
“Joseph Priestley and Friends”:  half-day series of talks for adults
Priestley’s school in Nantwich themed summer holiday craft workshops for children
Periodic Table themed coffee morning

Sponsorship & supporting organisations
Nantwich Museum Trust Ltd
RSC North Stafforsdshire Local Section
RSC Chemical Information and Computer Applications interest group (CICAG)
RSC Environmental Chemistry interest group
RSC Historical Chemistry interest group
RSC - International Year of the Periodic Table
Nantwich Museum

Nantwich Museum, Pillory Street, Nantwich, CW5 5BQ, United Kingdom

Organised by
Nantwich Museum Trust Ltd
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