The Editorial Offices of the IUCr expanded in late 1996 to include an additional building, No. 6 Abbey Square, to accommodate the increased staff resulting from expansion of the Union's journals and electronic publishing projects.
On Monday 7 April 1997, the 50th anniversary of the admission of the IUCr to the International Council of Scientific Unions, the new building was officially opened by Dr Robert Evans, the first General Secretary of the IUCr.
Dr Evans recalled the events of the Monday half a century previously, when the IUCr was welcomed into the ICSU family. As one of the major reasons for inaugurating a new Union was the desire to launch a journal of the highest standards to serve the entire crystallographic community, it seemed only appropriate to celebrate its first half-century in the place where its family of six journals was now produced with the most modern of computer technology.
With a staff of eighteen, the Editorial office of the IUCr continues to provide publications of the highest standards to meet the needs of crystallographers across the world.