The MRC National Institute for Medical Research closed at the end of March, with much of its research and scientists moving to the new Francis Crick Institute. Dr Qiling Xu, now a researcher at the Crick Institute, wanted to capture something of the spirit of NIMR ― and decided that taking up paintbrushes and embroidery needles would be an excellent way to do so.
On the 1 April, the NIMR ceased to exist and became the Crick Mill Hill Laboratory. To mark this event, I suggested we produced a textile artwork as a lasting memento. We invited each research lab, support section and club to create an artwork on a small square of cloth, which we then stitched together to form a single work that celebrates the science, life and ethos of NIMR. Read more