Open House Day at the National Physical Laboratory
Earlier this year artist Phil Coy, new artist in resident at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and Invisible Dust project manager Georgia Bladon were given a tour of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington. They were able to see during the visit the technologies used to develop and maintain the nation’s primary measurement standards. This is an area of extreme importance in science as it allows researchers to gain the accurate and consistent results needed to conduct high level research. Both Coy and Bladon found the day extremely inspiring and it has become an important part of the research process for Coy’s current project,
Next week, on the 20 May 2014, members of the public have the opportunity to follow in Coy’s footsteps and tour the NPL building during the 2014 Open House.
The date is significant: 20 May is World Metrology Day. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875, which continues to provide the basis for a single, coherent system of measurements, traceable to the International System of Units (SI).
The occasion offers a chance to celebrate the impact of measurement on our daily lives, making it the perfect time to visit NPL, the UK’s National Measurement Institute, and discover what they do.
Image credit: Mario Klingemann