Category Reviews

Dirt, hygiene and filth at Wellcome Collection

Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life, at the Wellcome Collection, opens with a warning. ‘This exhibition contains human remains,’ it says. It does. It also contains two of the most chilling exhibits I have seen. It begins reassuringly, tamely, with some homely images. First up is what looks like a grimy sash window, dull […]

Traditional English Medicine

I popped over to the British Library at lunchtime, to take a final look at Evolving English, their current exhibition. I was tickled by this recipe, from ‘Bald’s Leechbook,’ a mid 10th-century book of remedies and potions: ‘Take a bramble apple and lupis and pulegium, pound them then sift them and put them in a […]

Uptown New York girl

Back from 4 days in New York, part business and part pleasure. Although as the business was with BMJ Best Health‘s lovely US partners, Consumer Reports Health, the business part was pretty pleasurable too. Of my two spare days, I spent one uptown, and one downtown. It will surprise none of my friends that I […]

Catching up with High Society

Drug paraphenalia isn’t a patch on what it used to be. That was my first conclusion from viewing High Society, the Wellcome Collection’s exhibition of all things mind-altering. On entrance to the exhibition, you’re confronted with a case full of exotic pipes, bowls, pill boxes and other accoutrements for the taking of drugs. An elaborate […]

Goosebumps from Skin at Wellcome

I finally got round to seeing the Skin exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, which runs until the end of the month. It may have been a mistake to see it at lunchtime, though – at least before I’d eaten. I’m not particularly squeamish, but there is something about skin – especially detached from it’s living, […]