Science Geek Special #2 – Wellcome Collection, London

Some may remember that I am a little bit of a science geek, so when faced with a free morning in London last week I of course decided to head over to the Wellcome Collection. It’s a museum all about medicine, right by Euston Station and its free – a winner all round.

There are 2 permanent exhibitions: Medicine Now and Medicine Man. The first is all about modern medicine, since the death of founder Henry Wellcome in 1936. It focuses on the human body and modern issues such as obesity. The latter, Medicine Man, is all about medicine back in Henry Wellcome’s heyday. This one was really interesting and you can pick up a free audio guide which explains all the displays.

There are also 2 temporary exhibitions: Encounters with Indian Medicine and Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? I didn’t spend much time in the first, but I found the graphic design section incredibly interesting!! I had never considered what impact graphic design could have on health but I soon realised that it actually has a huge influence on so many aspects of healthcare and lifestyle. This was definitely my favourite section of the museum – i’d definitely recommend catching it if you can!!

The whole collection is done to the highest of standards. There is a cafe in the building as well as a library and shop. There are guided tours scattered throughout the day or you can wander around on your own. It is brilliant for anyone with any interest in the human body and medicine and I would highly recommend!!

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One Comment

  1. DougInNC

    Now I know the Burroughs Wellcome pharmaceutical entity has not been misspelling its name. Henry Wellcome and Silas Burroughs, the “compressed medicine” (pill) purveyors.

    For more on graphic design, and a few hours of fun, visit New York City’s Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

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