Haemoglobin 8.26, Festival Pattern Group silver fabric, 1950-1951

Made:
1950-1951 in Manchester
maker:
Barlow and Jones Limited
Sample of clothes or furnishing fabric, silver colour, with nested hexagonal motif surrounded by circles, made by Sample of clothes or furnishing fabric, silver colour, with nested hexagonal motif surrounded by circles, made by Collection of 83 samples designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain, based on X-ray crystallographic pattern; together Collection of 83 samples designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain, based on X-ray crystallographic pattern; together

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Sample of clothes or furnishing fabric, silver colour, with nested hexagonal motif surrounded by circles, made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sample of clothes or furnishing fabric, silver colour, with nested hexagonal motif surrounded by circles, made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Collection of 83 samples designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain, based on X-ray crystallographic pattern; together
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Collection of 83 samples designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain, based on X-ray crystallographic pattern; together
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sample of jacquard-woven cotton and yarn-dyed visose rayon furnishing fabric, silver colourway, based on Max Perutz's crystallography, haemoglobin 8.26, nested hexagonal motif surrounded by circles, made by Barlow & Jones Ltd., Manchester, England, 1950-1951. Based on the X-ray crystallographic pattern of the haemoglobin molecule. From a collection of 83 samples designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain.

To the untrained eye, this pattern is a series of hexagons surrounded by circles. The design is actually based on the pattern of a haemoglobin molecule produced by X-ray crystallography. The structure of haemoglobin was found using this technique by Max Perutz (1914-2002), a British biochemist.

The textile samples were made for the Festival of Britain in 1951 by the Festi-val Pattern Group. The Festival of Britain celebrated the centenary of the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace as well as the best of Britain’s art, design, technology and science. The Festival Pattern group was a collaboration between X-ray crystallographers, designers and manufacturers. These samples are just one of the fabric designs created. They are shown here with the same design reproduced in a range of different colours.

Details

Category:
Experimental Chemistry
Object Number:
1976-644/4
Materials:
paper (fibre product) and textile
type:
textile sample
taxonomy:
  • object genres
credit:
Gift of Dr. Helen Dick Megaw