The Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road
Identity: Eight rooms, nine lives
26th November 2009- 06th April 2010
Entry is free.
Being one of those ‘incurably curious’ people I found plenty and more to explore here at the Wellcome Collection. Currently on show is: I AM an Exhibition about investigating the notion of Identity. This is a major show and it is divided up into 8 rooms, investigating 8 lives including Alec Jeffrey’s, who invented the DNA of fingerprinting 25 years ago, the diaries of Samuel Pepy, the self portraiture of the ambiguous Claude Cahun, Francis Galton the archetypal Victorian Scientist, Fiona Shaw who starred as Aunt Petunia in the Harry Potter Films, April Ashley who was one of the first people in Britain to undergo a full sex-change operation. Charlotte and Emily Hinch are twin’s challenge and illustrate the experience of twin ship.
By the way it is not usual to mention invigilators at an Exhibition, they are the people in black or green looking to be invisible! But at this show I found them to be extremely helpful and informative so thank you. To check out the website for related events:
The Exhibition is part of The Identity Project, which is a nine-month season project and events about what influences and determines who we are. It finishes on April 6th so don’t miss it!
Having rediscovered the Wellcome Collection. I have plans to spend lots more time in their Library, Henry Welcome collected avidly and fascinated by art and science he collected items and objects relating to the history of medicine and anthropology. By the time of his death in 1930 his collection comprised about 1.5 million books and objects, taking up approximately 5 times the size of the Louvre at the time!
See you there!