In this anniversary year, we’re planning a series of events to explore our fascinating heritage, our ground-breaking science and innovation, and our ideas for the future. We are inviting farmers and local schoolchildren to join us for a special day, and we are encouraging friends and families to spend a weekend immersing themselves in the delights of discovery.

And we are calling on scientists from every continent to examine the treasure trove of data from our Long-Term Experiments, and to discuss how to use that information to develop the sustainable food crops of the future for a growing world population.

Take a look at our plans to celebrate 175 years of Rothamsted’s leadership role in global conversations, wherever science and innovation meet farming and food.



On 23-24 June, the whole family can engage with the science, the farming and the people of Rothamsted as we open our doors for a weekend of thrills and spills.


ABOUT THE Festival

Speed date an expert; ride a tractor; puzzle over our trove of astonishing exhibits; and test the interactive displays. Vote for the most fascinating poster; find out what the future of farming could look like.

Join a debate or listen to a talk; tackle a treasure hunt or pit yourself against one of our quizzes. Immerse yourself in a sensational demo, including the one we trialled at the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures last year (see opposite).

Take a seat and enjoy a cream tea at the Manor or hook up with one of the wonder trails through our heritage.

Saturday, 23 June and Sunday, 24 June


A timeline of 175 years of Rothamsted's most influential scientific publications from our beginnings in 1843 to the present day, as voted by our scientists.

View the timeline

open access to papers

As a generous gesture to mark Rothamsted’s 175 years, Elsevier is providing the opportunity this year for anyone and everyone to investigate many of its journals for free. The international publisher has opened access to all research papers involving a Rothamsted author that it has published over the past five years, 2013 to 2017. This offer amounts to 365 papers from a diverse range of journals, from Agricultural Systems to Virus Research; another 130 papers are already open access publications.

A similar concession comes from Wiley, the international publisher of more than 1500 academic journals, which has opened access this year to 22 papers so far.

From July, the Royal Society opened access to 16 papers.

Back to the future

Long-Term Experiments, such as those on Broadbalk field, continue to inform agricultural science and to guide the future of farming and food production, all issues for a major conference which took place in May.

Visit the conference page