Nottingham element: Theatre Royal and Concert Hall
With over half a million visitors every year, the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham are two of the UK’s most successful touring venues, leading the way for arts and entertainment in the East Midlands.
Brimming with history, the Theatre Royal is not only a city centre landmark but also one of the most beautiful Victorian theatres in Britain. It was built in 1865 by two successful Nottingham brothers, William and John Lambert, and 30 years later, was transformed by renowned architect Frank Matcham, leaving the venue’s iconic columned portico as the only remaining original feature.
The Royal Concert Hall was built in 1982, with Sir Elton John appearing in the gala opening, and the unique acoustic design of the Hall still makes it one of the most unique and highly regarded music venues in the country.
Scientific element: Thorium
Named for the Norse god of thunder, thorium is a silvery, lustrous and radioactive element.
Thorium dioxide has the highest melting point of all known oxides.
The element is about as abundant as lead and at least three times as abundant as uranium. It is mainly mined in Australia, Canada, the US, Russia and India.
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