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Inside the Medicine Chests

  • Free
  • Gallery tour
  • British Sign Language
Two people standing in a gallery looking at material on display on wooden shelves.

What you’ll do

Join Visitor Experience Assistant Hannah Tyler to discover what is inside a medicine chest from the British Antarctic Expedition from 1910 and one from the Everest Expedition of 1933.

You’ll learn what drugs were included, the stories and science behind how particular plants came to be used in medications, and the colonial exploitation that provided Western explorers with these drugs.

This event has been rescheduled from 10 November.



Need to know


We’ll be in the ‘Medicine Man’ gallery. You can find it by taking the stairs or the lift to level 1.

British Sign Language

This event will have British Sign Language interpretation.

For more information, please visit our Accessibility page. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 0 2 0. 7 6 1 1. 2 2 2 2

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About your guide

Hannah Tyler


Hannah is a Visitor Experience Officer with a background in cultural heritage who designs and facilitates activities to engage with collections, from tours to workshops. She researches, writes, and makes art that explores the intersection between science and culture. She aims to question the format of museum storytelling, and the way it condenses complex histories into a single narrative.