Bloomsbury Festival – In Conversation with Mr Nicholson and Ucell

Saturday 17 October 2020, 2.30 – 3.30 pm – Live event – £8 (£6 conc)
Tuesday 20 October, 2.30 – 3.30pm – Online webinar – £5

At the turn of the eighteenth century, the Georgian polymath William Nicholson (1753-1815) changed the course of history when he launched his eponymous Journal and discovered electrolysis – the technique which underpins the hydrogen fuel cell.

From his grave in St George’s Gardens, Nicholson’s ghost will be joining his biographer, Sue Durrell, and the Ucell clean energy team from University College London for a walk and conversazione to reminisce about his life at the crossroads of Georgian arts, literature, science, and commerce, and to discover the future vision for his discovery in 2020 and beyond.

Ucell is the electrochemical energy outreach group at UCL, and a team will bring Nicholson’s discovery of 1800 to life, and also demonstrate how this translates into the clean energy generation concepts of the future.

How is Mr Nicholson connected to St George’s Gardens?

Click here for more information on William Nicholson and the connection to St George’s Gardens.

How is Mr Nicholson is connected to the clean energy of the future?

Click here for a short article explaining (in plain English) about the importance of Nicholson’s scientific discovery of 1800, and the connection with the hydrogen fuel cells of today:


£8 (£6 concs) for the live event on 17 October 2020, at 2.30pm  in the Gardens (places limited)

£5 for the webinar on 20th October 2020 at 2.30pm


Visit the Bloomsbury Festival website to book tickets:

Bloomsbury Festival 2020 talks will take place with the safety and enjoyment of participants at their heart. Tickets for live events are limited to comply with social distancing recommendations, and should these change, further tickets will be made available.