It’s my first venture back into academia since gleefully heading out into the real world, back in 1991. I’m a little nervous. Will academia still be stuck on the semantic arguments – what do we mean by the body? Is there any such thing as objective truth? I really hope not, because all that rather put me off at university.
I’m hoping to find out lots of fascinating things about how we think about the body, and how that’s changed over time. We have the run of the Wellcome Collection displays and library, which promises many treasures to explore.
I’m already fascinated by Henry Wellcome himself, an obsessive collector, shrewd businessman and shameless social climber. How did this man end up founding what’s still one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world, not to mention a massive research trust and fabulous museum?
So far the omens are promising. The course has a real mix of people, including writers, artists, philosophers, lawyers and doctors, and a very enthusiastic tutor. I’ll update the blog on my progress during the weeks to come.