Autumn events at Wellcome Collection

7 August 2014

Wellcome Collection | September to October 2014

This autumn the events programme at Wellcome Collection is back to full throttle with a busy calendar of events series and one-offs. The popular Packed Lunch series is returning to reinvigorate our lunch hours with talks from local scientists, whilst The Thing Is... and our Library Insights series provide new opportunities to get to know our eclectic collections.

Development works at the venue are on-going but we still have plenty of spaces open to explore, including our new youth studio, which will be hosting its first collaboration in September. Meanwhile our Visitor Experience team are taking some of their favourite handling objects on tour as part of the Curiosity Roadshow, hitting the streets of Camden in our very own Routemaster bus. All aboard for the autumn season!

All events are free unless stated otherwise. Book online

Further details from
Holly Story
h.story@wellcome.ac.uk
 

Free Exhibition

An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition

UNTIL 12 OCTOBER
FREE | DROP IN

A is for Acts of Faith, B is for Birthdays, C is for Chemical Life Support... Z is for Zoonoses

Explore our idiosyncratic A to Z illustrated with a curious combination of Henry Wellcome&rsquo s weird and wonderful collection of objects, medical artefacts, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and contemporary artworks. You can also add your own idiosyncrasies to the exhibition via social media look us up on Instagram @WellcomeCollection or on Twitter @ExploreWellcome to see what you can do...

Live 'busking'
Join staff for a talk on topics such as neuroscience and phantom limb syndrome, and have a lesson in forgotten skills such as shoe origami, trephination and phrenology. Busking activities take place every day at 11.30- 12.00 and 14.30- 15.00, and also at 18.30- 19.00 on Thursdays.

 

Installation

Eye Contact

UNTIL JULY 2015
FREE | DROP IN

If you are visiting us on Euston Road, look out for 'Eye Contact', a video installation created by artist Peter Hudson for the Wellcome Trust Windows Commission. The artwork forms two giant pairs of eyes that stare out from the windows of the Wellcome Trust's headquarters, winking and blinking at passing tourists and traffic. The eyes will be 'awake' and active through the day and will close at sunset to 'sleep' through the night. Unless, that is, they are woken by a passing pedestrian.

'Eye Contact' will occupy the ground floor windows of the Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, for the next year.

An embeddable video showing the installation in action is available on the Wellcome Trust's YouTube channel.

 

Studio Displays

Discover young people's unique responses to the mysteries of the human condition in our new Studio space.

Creative Memories

TUESDAY 2- SUNDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
FREE | DROP IN

What do we remember, how do we remember it, and what prompts us to remember it? Taking place in the Studio windows, this project, led by artist Sarah Carne, is a collaboration between art and psychology students at St Marylebone School.

Young Creators' Display

TUESDAY 28 OCTOBER- SUNDAY 9 NOVEMBER
FREE | DROP IN

How will a group of young people respond to Henry Wellcome's curious array of artefacts? Our inaugural group of Young Creators' will give a 21st-century insight into his diverse collection.

Find out more about our Youth Programme.

 

On the Road

Our Curiosity Roadshow is back this autumn!

DATES TBC
FREE | DROP IN

Our bus hits the road once again to take Wellcome Collection out into the community. Find our transformed vintage Routemaster in Camden Lock Market and come on board! Explore our objects in detail with our handling collections, take part in hands-on activities, and learn more about Wellcome Collection and Henry Wellcome with our team of expert staff.

 

Age of Exploration (event series) 

Humanity has an intriguing ability to expand, adapt and explore our nature, environment and body, all driven by our inherent curiosity. What is the history of exploration and where will it lead us in the future?

Into the Unknown (STT Transcribed)

THURSDAY 11 SEPTEMBER, 19.00- 20.30
FREE | BOOK FROM 29 AUGUST

Carried along by the Age of Sail, a global curiosity sought out both medical innovations and cultural exchange. Uncover our human desire to question the unknown and the impact this has on our minds and bodies. Who were these intrepid explorers and what are today's new challenges?

Speakers

Philip Ball, writer and author of &lsquo Curiosity&rsquo .
Mark Honigsbaum, medical historian and writer.

The Worst Journey

THURSDAY 9 OCTOBER, 19.00- 20.00
FREE I BOOK FROM 26 SEPTEMBER

Exploration and collecting are closely linked. With an insight into the formation of Henry Wellcome's vast hoard of medical curios, this specially commissioned musical performance explores how Apsley Cherry-Garrard, the youngest member of Scott's fateful expedition, risked life and limb to collect emperor penguin eggs in the Antarctic winter.

Speakers

Ross MacFarlane, Research Engagement Officer, Wellcome Library.
Paul Frith, composer and musician.

 

The Thing Is... (event series)

A single object can tell fascinating stories. Join us as we hear from one specially selected speaker as they unveil a mystery object in Wellcome Collection. Learn more about the history of health and medicine from the personal perspectives of patients, doctors, innovators and historians.

The Thing Is... Morbid Anatomy (Audio Described)

THURSDAY 25 SEPTEMBER, 19.00- 20.30
FREE | BOOK FROM 29 AUGUST

Joanna Ebenstein, creative director of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, unravels the paradoxes that encircle early anatomical objects: life and death, science and art, animate and inanimate.

The Thing Is... Chinese Medicine (Audio Described)

THURSDAY 16 OCTOBER, 19.00- 20.30

FREE | BOOK FROM 26 SEPTEMBER

Nancy Holroyde-Downing, a Chinese medicine practitioner and historian, will explore conversations between Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.

 

Packed Lunch (event series) 

Feed your curiosity at our lunchtime discussions. Drop in to hear local scientists in conversation about their latest experiment, life in the lab, and why science matters to everyone, all in the space of your lunch hour. Bring your sarnies with you. First come, first seated.

Packed Lunch: Music and Emotion

WEDNESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER, 13.00- 14.00

FREE | DROP IN

Listening to music is universal, but why do we like it so much? And how does it provoke such an emotional response? Join Marcus Pearce, lecturer in sound and music processing, Queen Mary, University of London, to hear about his research into the psychological mechanisms underlying our enjoyment of music.

Packed Lunch: Language Processing (BSL Interpreted)

WEDNESDAY 22 OCTOBER, 13.00- 14.00

FREE | DROP IN

Mairéad MacSweeney, cognitive neuroscientist, University College London, researches how the brain processes language in people who are born profoundly deaf. Join us to hear more about the ways language experience can shape the brain and how this knowledge could inform education.

 

Library Insights (event series)

These talks give a taste of what the Library can offer you as a browser, explorer or researcher, while showcasing rare items. All are welcome.

Ancient Medicine: Secrets of the Greeks

THURSDAY 4 SEPTEMBER, 15.00- 16.00
FREE | BOOK FROM 29 AUGUST

The teaching of Hippocrates lies at the very foundation of Western medicine, but the early Greek understanding of the body remains a fascinating contrast to what we believe today. Discover how to coax a 'wandering womb' back to its rightful place and why Greek doctors waited for a 'crisis' during an illness.

Speaker: Catherine Walker, Visitor Experience Manager, Wellcome Collection.

Green City? Dealing with Victorian London's waste

THURSDAY 23 OCTOBER, 18.00- 19.00

FREE | BOOK FROM 26 SEPTEMBER

We think of recycling as a modern idea, and we think of the Victorian city as a hellish place of pollution and waste. Join us for a challenge to some of those preconceptions. Warning: may contain local government and sewage.

Speaker: Dr Chris Hilton, Senior Archivist, Wellcome Library.

 

The 2014 Fred Sanger Lecture

Toward a Biography of DNA

MONDAY 20 OCTOBER, 18.30- 19.30

FREE | BOOK FROM 26 SEPTEMBER

DNA is the "molecule of life" and has itself gone through many life stages. It has been a natural object, a scientific object and a cultural object. In recent years, it has become re-objectified as a building tool, such as in a bio-computer or a nano-brick.

Professor Nathaniel Comfort reports from the front lines of research and examines how we have historicised and mythologised DNA in order to understand it, and how this process ironically removes DNA from our concept of what makes us human.

 

Coming Soon...

 

The Institute of Sexology

20 NOVEMBER 2014- 13 SEPTEMBER 2015

'The Institute of Sexology' is a candid exploration of the most publicly discussed of private acts. Undress your mind and join us to investigate human sexuality at 'The Institute', the first of our longer exhibitions. Featuring over 200 objects spanning art, rare archival material, erotica, film and photography, this is the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex.

Find out more

 

BBC Reith Lectures 2014

MONDAY 3 NOVEMBER, 19.00- 20.30
FREE | BOOK FROM 26 SEPTEMBER

Hear Dr Atul Gawande deliver one of his four BBC Reith Lectures examining the future of medicine, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Gawande will explore the nature of progress and failure in medicine, a field defined by what he calls "the messy intersection of science and human fallibility". The Reith Lectures will be broadcast on Radio 4 from 25 November.