Exquisite Bodies

This afternoon I walked to Euston to see some Exquisite Bodies. The bodies in question are part of a special exhibition being shown at the Wellcome Collection – which bills itself as a free destination for the incurably curious.  I had never been there before but it’s a really well setup space houseing the some of items collected by Sir Henry Wellcome. Wellcome had an interest in medicine and the human body and during his lifetime amassed an amazingly diverse collection of items. The Exquisite Bodies exhibition (which I saw advertised in the tube) explores the history of medical models of bodies and various body parts.  It’s a fascinating history and the models themselves range from the useful to the disturbing. There are two other permanent display rooms where more of the collection is housed and I spent an interesting and enlightening afternoon viewing it.

Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection

Periodic table display

Periodic table display

This artwork (which I only photographed part of) was designed to represent the different elements on the periodic table. They also have a forum area where people can write or decorate blank cards relating to the displays they’ve seen. Clearly the Wellcome Collection has some very artistic and Boosh loving (if not totally on topic) visitors.

forum card

forum card

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