Tag Archives: Wellcome Collection

What are we scared of?

By and large, those of us in the west live in the least dangerous conditions in human history. Most of us have the basics: food, shelter, safety. We’re unlikely to be killed by wild animals (even other humans) and fatal infectious disease is rare. Life expectancy is long and few of us die in childbirth. […]

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 […]

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, […]

Quacks, cures and the evidence

One of the joys of the Wellcome Collection is the elan with which they throw together fun, silliness and high calibre intellectual entertainment, all in the same event. Friday evening’s Quacks and Cures event was a good example. We met friends in the foyer, had a beer and a bite to eat at the cafe, […]

Celebrating the culture of science

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as an RCT… At the Wellcome Collection’s Eurekalive! discussion last week, physics teacher and film-maker Alom Shaha bemoaned the fact that ‘science is not seen as a cultural activity.’ The concept of science as a cultural activity, like playing music or watching theatre, has long […]