From Atoms to Patterns: Crystal Structure Designs from the 1951 Festival of Britain : the Story of the Festival Pattern Group
This exhibition explores the intriguing creations of the Festival Pattern Group - a unique project at the 1951 Festival of Britain involving X-ray crystallographers, designers and manufacturers. At the instigation of Dr Helen Megaw, a leading Cambridge scientist, diagrams of atomic structures inspired an eclectic array of patterns on curtains, wallpapers, carpets, lace, dress fabrics, ties, plates and ashtrays.X-ray crystallography was one of the most exciting branches of post-war science, with far-reaching applications in chemistry, physics, biology and mineralogy. By studying X-ray diffraction photographs of crystals, scientists could calculate the arrangement of atoms within molecules. The resulting diagrams provided the inspiration for the Festival Pattern Group. 'From Atoms to Patterns' shows the diagrams next to the designs.
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The Story of the Festival Pattern Group
The Souvenir Book of Crystal Designs 33
Catalogue of Manufacturers and Designs
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A.C. Gill Acta Crystallographica Adenine hydrochloride Afwillite Aluminium hydroxide Apophyllite Architectural Review Archives Beryl British Textiles carpet Cavendish Laboratory Chemical China Clay COID colour colourways colourways Collections contour crystal structure crystal structure diagrams crystalline Crystallographer decorative Director displays in Regatta Dome of Discovery Dorothy Hodgkin dress fabric Exhibition of Science Festival of Britain Festival Pattern Group FPG code FPG display FPG meeting furnishing fabric G.W. Brindley glass Haemoglobin Haemoglobin 8.26 Helen Megaw Helen Megaw Designer Horse Methaemoglobin Hydrargillite Industrial Design Insulin J.D. Bernal John Kendrew John Line lace Land Travelling Exhibition Lawrence Bragg Leathercloth Letter from HM Limited production linoleum manufacturers based Max Perutz Mica Molecular molecules motif myoglobin Patterson map Polythene printed production in 1951 Professor rayon Regatta Restaurant repeat Royal Society samples scientific shown in FPG Souvenir Book Tradename Vanners & Fennell W.H. Taylor W.L. Bragg wallpaper Warerite WTA dyelines