By Kings Cross Station on Euston Road, the Wellcome Collection is an extension of the Wellcome Trust - "the world's largest independent charitable foundation funding research into human and animal health." They are responsible for mapping the human genome, and donate £600 million towards biochemical research. Not bad for a company that started out in the 1800s selling pharmaceuticals!
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The current collection boasts everything from glass vials to Napoleon's razor, Souix charms to ward off illness, classical paintings of illness, doctors and birthing, to tiny anatomy dolls made from whale bone.
Moving on from Mr Wellcome's original collection, there is another interactive area that looks at work that the Wellcome Trust has done, including the machine used to map the human genome, malaria and disease prevention, a human body section, and a section devoted to obesity. What I found most enjoyable was the diverse range of mediums used to explore the themes. There were a huge number of audio booths with experts talking about the topic, along with interactive videos and artwork exploring each theme.
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Getting there and away
The collection is a short walk down Euston Road from the British Library. The closest tube stations are Kings Cross, St Pancras International, Euston, and Euston Square.