Science Centre: The Final Elements

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Our state-of-the-art new Science Centre is here thanks to a shared vision and overwhelming generosity from the Tonbridge Community. This new state-of-the-art facility will transform the experience of science, providing an environment which enables the boys to take inspiration from industry leaders and share their excitement and knowledge with local schools.
 
There's still time to get involved and be part of this iconic facility. All gifts, no matter their size, will help make our vision for science at Tonbridge a reality.

Barton's Chair

Barton's Chair is a large-scale permanent installation displayed in the central atrium of the new Science Centre, designed by Oxford Biochemistry graduate turned sculptor, Briony Marshall.

It celebrates the achievements of OT chemist, Sir Derek Barton, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1969 for his contributions to the development of ‘conformational analysis’, through which he was able to identify the geometry of Cyclohexane, and various other organic molecules. The sculpture, which is 8 billion times the life size of the Cyclohexane molecule, re-imagines its structure as a network of adult and child figures, evoking imagery of human connection and cooperation, and commemorating the words of eminent OT author, EM Forster; ‘Only Connect.’

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