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World record attempt at Whitehaven Museum

AN attempt to build the world’s largest LEGO periodic table took place last week.

Visitors to The Beacon Museum constructed the world record attempt which measures 10 feet wide by 6 feet tall, and is made up of over 8,000 bricks.

The attempt was made to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of the invention of Russian chemist Dimitri Mendeleev’s Periodic Table.

Stephen Wilson

Stephen Wilson, a local Chemical Engineer, pioneered the construction with the help of hundreds of supporters who created the 118 separate elements.

Construction sessions were carried out between August 19 until 23 and Mr Wilson was on hand to educate those who took part.

Jayne Bromfield, visitor to the museum, said: “It was interesting finding out what elements were in our food.”

Mr Wilson is in talks with the Guinness World Record team in the hope of declaring the construction the biggest in the world later this year.

This project was generously supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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