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A weekend of collecting at Wellcome

23 March 2017


Wellcome Collection is looking for objects, ideas and stories as part of a summer exhibition that will reveal the many and varied ways that we relate to the natural world in modern life. Members of the public are invited to bring items that represent their own personal connections to nature over a weekend festival of collecting, talks and activities at Wellcome Collection, with appearances from the BBC’s Springwatch team, 4-7 May 2017.

The Re-making Nature weekend will see visitors having their objects captured on camera and recording the unique stories behind them, building up a picture of how the things we keep and use reflect our ideas about the world around us.

A selection of the objects brought in over the weekend will be chosen by curators and guest experts to go on display in a new exhibition at Wellcome Collection, opening 22 June 2017. The exhibition, titled 'A museum of modern nature', is the culmination of a year-long exploration of our relationship with the natural world. It will examine the idea of a museum of nature in the 21st century, asking what it might contain, what purpose it would serve and whether we should put nature in a museum at all.

Exhibition curator Honor Beddard says: “Nature means different things to different people. We’re excited to shine a light on the everyday objects in our homes and daily lives, asking what these can tell us about nature and how this connects to the bigger picture of the health of our planet. We hope that the objects and stories that are selected for 'A museum of modern nature' will be surprising, moving, funny and perhaps sad, and that ultimately they reveal a modern story of nature as told by the public.”

A major digital project will run alongside the exhibition to showcase images of all the objects suggested by visitors, and continue to crowdsource further ideas and contributions. Members of the public from all across the country, and beyond, will be asked to send in their nature-related stories and objects using a different theme each week. These digital offerings will be available to view in the gallery as well as online, forming a broad snapshot of our everyday relationship with nature in 2017.

The exhibition will run from 22 June until 10 September 2017 and is curated by Honor Beddard, with design by Lee Reagan. Following on from 'Making Nature: How we see animals' (until 21 May), which examines the origins of how humankind relates to other species, 'A museum of modern nature' will ask what it is that connects us to, and causes us to care for, nature today. To accompany the exhibition, Wellcome Collection has published Animal Vegetable Mineral, a collection of nature charts, maps and diagrams with an introduction by Tim Dee.

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Emily Philippou, Media Manager, Wellcome Collection

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Notes to Editors

Re-making Nature, Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 May. Free and drop in, with some bookable events from 28 April:

This is an opportunity to bring in objects, stories and ideas for our upcoming exhibition, 'A Museum of Modern Nature.' Join us for a weekend of collecting, talks and activities to explore our personal connections with nature and consider how these might be expressed in a modern museum.

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