A new interactive, self-guided, trail celebrating 150 years of the Periodic Table has launched as part of the Norwich Science Festival, with chemical elements hidden in businesses and venues around the city for you to find.

The family-friendly Hidden Elements trail sees 23 element posters placed in 19 venues around the city centre, with a further eight elements to find in a fringe trail at Norwich Research Park.


Norwich Science Festival The Forum


The brainchild of Dr Stephen Ashworth, Professor of Chemical Physics and Science Communication at the University of East Anglia, the Hidden Elements Trail runs from Saturday October 5th until the end of the Norwich Science Festival on Saturday October 26th.

It celebrates 150 years since the Russian scientist, Dmitri Mendeleev, arranged all of the then known elements into a table, as well as marking the International Year of the Periodic Table.

Dr Ashworth said: “Knowing how keen people are on the animal trails I thought this would be a great way to link everyday experience with the chemical elements that we are celebrating this year. I posed the idea of the trail to the Norwich Science Festival team and they thought it would be a great idea. They have recruited a number of businesses around the city and have put together an impressive set of posters which introduce elements and their uses to the public.”