The Thing Is... podcast
A single object can tell fascinating stories. The Thing Is... is a series of events at Wellcome Collection in which specially selected speakers unveil ‘mystery objects’ in Wellcome Collection. Learn more about the history of health and medicine from the personal perspectives of patients, doctors, innovators and historians.
Brett Kahr explores Freud’s perspective on sexuality.
Joanna Ebenstein, the founder and creative director of the Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York.
Human remains are reminders of our own mortality, as well as the physical remnants of family, friends, adversaries and strangers.
World War I affected the health of Londoners, as it did many other aspects of their lives.
Was the fear of rabid dogs in early modern London well-founded? If not, why did it take such deep root, and who profited from it?
Exploring ancient Roman medicine, surgery and understanding of the body.
The lives of two Quaker scientists of the early 19th century who changed the way we view the natural world.
The recent history of the AIDS crisis - how governments, communities and society at large reacted and changed in the face of this challenge.
Changing ideas about mental illness, the 'malfunctioning' of the brain, and 20th-century methods of intervention to cure or 'improve' it.
For centuries, popular belief held that a skin condition known as 'the king's evil' could be cured by a touch from the monarch.
Magic was viewed as dangerous, irresponsible and heretical by people in the Late Middle Ages, yet some were compelled to experiment with it.
The intriguing and often gruesome story of anatomy museums, dissection and specimens.
Looking at Victorian governmental attempts to protect servicemen from sexually transmitted diseases by controlling prostitution.
The changes brought about by Joseph Lister and his battle against hospital-acquired infection.