The Royal Society of Chemistry in association with the Somme Museum will host an event at the Museum in February looking at the role of chemistry in the First World War.

'The Chemist's War 1914-1918' will be explored by Dr. Michael Freemantle, a professional science author. His book 'Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! How Chemistry Changed the First World War' was published in 2012 followed by his latest book, 'The Chemist's War: 1914-1918' in September 2014.

Dr. Freemantle will describe how chemistry underpinned military strategy and determined the shape, duration and outcome of the war. 

From bullets to bombs, poison gases to anaesthetics and khaki to cordite, chemistry played a pivotal role in the trenches, in the casualty stations and military hospitals, in tunnelling operations and in the air and at sea.

The event will take place the Somme Museum on Thursday 19 February from 7pm. Admission is free but numbers are limited and booking is essential, Contact the Somme Museum on: 028 9182 3202.

Event Details


Somme Museum
233 Bangor Road
BT23 7PH


Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 19:00

Centenary Event

Tickets and further information

Dr. Michael Freemantle: The Chemist's War - 1914-1918