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Centenary of the Francis Crick Building

Today, we celebrate the Centenary of the Francis Crick Building.

The Crick Building is a testament to our rich history intertwined with scientific achievements. Originally dedicated to honouring an alumni who died in World War I, the Physics labs still bear a plaque in their memory.

The building was opened on 22 February 1924, by Prince Edward.

Just a few months after the building’s opening, on 18 October 1924, Cecil Goyder made history by making the first two-way radio communication between Britain and New Zealand.

On Sunday 18 March 1956, disaster struck as the entire Science Block caught fire, it was later revealed that faulty chemicals were to blame! Luckily, no one was harmed. The fire did enable the school to build the new Biology Wing as part of the building’s refurbishments.

More recently, in 2013, we celebrated Nobel prize-winning Old Millhillian, Dr Francis Crick – who had discovered the structure of DNA fifty years prior. The building was dedicated in his honour and is now ‘the Crick Building’. Looking back at his time here, Crick remarked, “My whole scientific career was grounded in the excellent science teaching I had while at Mill Hill”.

Today, we continue championing Science at Mill Hill, ensuring all pupils have access to our outstanding science facilities and classes. Those passionate about science and the school generously contribute to a Medical bursary, which is awarded every year to a Sixth Former who aspires to pursue medicine at university. We hope that Mill Hill Scientists will continue to transform society like Crick and Goyder long into the future!