As well as its permanent collections displaying some of the items collected by Henry Wellcome, who founded the pharmaceutical company that has been so profitable since, and another gallery with some modern art related to health and the body, the Wellcome Collection has exhibitions (currently: Forensics) and now has a Reading Room with more art on display ... more of that another time perhaps.
First a few photos from the Medicine Man exhibition "a cross-section of extraordinary objects from his collection, ranging from diagnostic dolls to Japanese sex aids, and from Napoleon's toothbrush to George III's hair" which "provides a very different perspective on some of our own obsessions with medicine and health."
|African figurines showing diseases|
|Forceps from the 18th and 19th centuries|
After some sharing of photos of interesting things
|Mike found expedition medicine chests supplied by Burroughs Wellcome Co (as it was then)|
|Caryl was captivated by a glass model of the MRSA bacterium|
|Jo went beyond observation, to abstraction|
|Janet used "blind drawing" as a warm-up for the more detailed drawing|
|Mags collected hands from a display of 19th-century prosthetic limbs|
|Bleeding bowl and early binaural stethoscopes|
|African wood carvings and several views of a trepanned skull dating to 2000 BC|
|Flasks and bottles|