In our anniversary year, we held a series of events exploring our fascinating heritage, our ground-breaking science and innovation, and our ideas for the future. We invited farmers and local schoolchildren to join us for a special day, and we also encouraged friends and families to spend a weekend immersing themselves in the delights of discovery.

And we are called 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 how we celebrated 175 years of Rothamsted’s leadership role in global conversations, wherever science and innovation meets farming and food.



On 23-24 June 2018, thousands of families engaged with the science, the farming, and the people of Rothamsted as we opened our doors for a weekend of thrills and spills.

ABOUT THE Festival

Visitors got to speed date an expert; ride a tractor; puzzle over our trove of astonishing exhibits; and test the interactive displays. They voted for the most fascinating poster; and found out what the future of farming could look like.

Many joined debates or listened to a talk; tackled a treasure hunt or pitted themselves against one of our quizzes. Some immersed themselves in a sensational demo, including the one we trialled at the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2017 (see opposite).

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