Learning resources

We’ve created digital resources to help teachers prepare for a self-directed visit to our permanent exhibitions, Medicine Man and Medicine Now. As Wellcome Collection is a venue that encourages visits from the incurably curious aged 14 and above, we’ve targeted these activities at students aged 14-19 years.

The resources include:

  • differentiated in-gallery activities that encourage students to engage with our fascinating collections in person
  • preparation and follow-up activities that can be completed back in the classroom
  • curriculum links and clear instructions on how to use these resources.

Each resource has been split into separate PDFs so that you can download the section you need. Alternatively, you can also download all of each gallery’s resources in one PDF, which also includes a gallery plan.

Please also look at our Visiting Guidelines to ensure you get the most out of your visit: Visiting Guidelines (217 KB)

Teacher resources for both galleries

Introduction: read these essential guides to the resources, which include background to the exhibitions, gallery plans, instructions for use, and preparation and follow-up activities.

Curriculum links: syllabus links for Art and Design, Science, and History for the three secondary school key stages.

Medicine Man learning resource for students

Download the full Medicine Man learning resource or choose your preferred section(s) below.

Full Medicine Man learning resource Medicine Man Full (1.4 MB)

Introduction Medicine Man Introduction (578 KB)

Trail 1: The Collector This short cross-curricular trail is designed for upper KS3 students and for KS4 SEN and EAL learners. Medicine Man Trail 1 The Collector (268 KB)

Trail 2: Medical Investigation This longer cross-curricular trail is designed primarily for KS4 students studying History or Science. Medicine Man Trail 2 Medical Investigation (407 KB)

Trail 3: Medical Perspectives This extension trail is designed primarily for Post-16 students studying Art and Design, History or Science. Medicine Man Trail 3 Medical Perspectives (181 KB)

Curriculum links table Medicine Man Curriculum Links (41 KB)

Medicine Now learning resource for students

Download the full Medicine Man learning resource or choose your preferred section(s) below.

Full Medicine Now learning resource Medicine Now Full (711 KB)

Introduction Medicine Now Introduction (331 KB)

Trail: Body Matters This short cross-curricular trail is designed for upper KS3 students and for KS4 SEN and EAL learners. Medicine Now Trail Body Matters (215 KB)

Activity Cards Set 1 This set of four cards is designed primarily for KS4 students studying Science or Art and Design. Medicine Now KS4 Activity Cards (114 KB)

Activity Cards Set 2 This set of four cards is designed primarily for Post-16 students studying Science or Art and Design. Medicine Now Post 16 Activity Cards (107 KB)

Curriculum links table Medicine Now Curriculum Links (43 KB)