Born in 1853m Sir Henry Wellcome was a business entrepreneur with an interest in medicine. In 1880, he and his college friend, Silas Burroughs set up a pharmaceutical company and sold things like invisible ink (lemon juice). Despite this seemingly less than honest endeavour, Sir Henry was also a philanthropist. He founded the Wellcome Trust and bequeathed his large medical collection so that doctors could improve on medical science.
The Wellcome Collection now has a permanent gallery on medicine, and in the new year as series of events will aid your discovery about all the amazing things your body can do, and all the amazing things doctors can do to make your body feel better.
Bodily Possibilities is a free workshop on the 9th January that explores expression through movement. You will be guided through improvisational steps and gentle exercises by B-Floor, a physical theatre company from Thailand, which has recently been looking at how their work could have an impact on Malaria and other tropical diseases.
On the 23rd January, Parts of the Whole invites guest speakers to question the role of medical research when faced against different belief systems. How does Western medicine coexist alongside traditional medicine? What part does superstition play in research?
A second talk will be held on the 6th February. What is Trust? looks at three different perspectives of trust in medical research. First on the biological level - what instills us to trust someone? Second is from first hand experience of researchers trying to gain the trust of people living in Kenya, and third, a look at the history of failures in science due to unfounded trust.