Thursday, 24 November 2016

What's On in December at Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection, A Free Destination for the incurably curious. What's On
Booking for events opens at 11.00 on Friday 25 November.
You can book online with our ticketing system by following the links below, or you can call us on 020 7611 2222.
1 DEC 2016-21 MAY 2017
The question of how humans relate to other animals has captivated philosophers, anthropologists, ethicists and artists for centuries. 'Making Nature' will bring together over 100 objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography to examine the historical origins of our ideas about other animals and the consequences of these for ourselves and our planet.

Animal Vegetable Mineral is the accompanying book for the exhibition.

All our exhibitions are free. Find out about entry at busy times.
FRIDAY 2 DEC, 18.00-22.00
Join us on the first Friday of the month for extended gallery opening hours, music, cocktails and tours of the exhibitions. Relax and see the exhibitions outside of our usual opening hours and enjoy a live DJ set from Antique Beat.

Please note: there is no First Friday in January.

THURSDAY 15 DEC, 18.00-22.00
Stock up for Christmas from our shop’s great range of books and gifts – all with a free gift-wrapping service, a personal shopper on hand and author-signed copies in store. 

The café will have cocktails and treats on offer and we’ll be joined by the Wellcome Trust Choir. 

Why not make an evening of it with dinner and mulled wine in Wellcome Kitchen, our beautiful restaurant? You can pre-book the special Christmas menu, with two courses and a glass of prosecco for £22.

UNTIL 15 JAN 2017
'Bedlam: the asylum and beyond' traces the rise and fall of the mental asylum by following the story of one such institution, Bethlem Royal Hospital in London, known in popular slang as Bedlam.

The exhibition focuses on the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of individuals who inhabited the asylum or created alternatives to it  their voices have shaped the meaning of mental illness and the current landscape of mental health care.

Pick up an audio companion, which brings together interviews, spoken word and other audio pieces developed by creative practitioners with lived experience of mental health issues.

This Way Madness Lies is the accompanying book for the exhibition.
All our exhibitions are free. Find out about entry at busy times.

Image: Madlove- A Designer Asylum. A project by Hannah Hull & The Vacuum Cleaner with designs by Benjamin Koslowski and James Christian.

Empathy Deck, a new digital commission by artist Erica Scourti, is a live Twitter bot that responds to your tweets with a custom-made, unique digital card combining image and text.
Follow @empathydeck on Twitter.
Visit our website for details of a performance related to Empathy Deck.

WEDNESDAY 7 DEC, 18.00-19.00
Historical documents are sometimes the closest we can get to making direct contact with the distant past. In this talk, we lift the covers of original casebooks and reports to catch sight of daily life inside the wards and corridors of a late 19th-century lunatic asylum.

This blog series
showcases many
different voices and
perspectives from people
with lived experience of
mental ill health and
explores their ideas of
personal asylum through
sculpture, vlogging,
poetry and more.

FRIDAY 2 DEC, 19.00-20.30 
The BBC World Service joins forces with Wellcome Collection to explore some of the biggest challenges facing our world today in a new programme of events and radio programmes. This event, which will take place with a live audience at Wellcome Collection, will be recorded and broadcasted on BBC World Service in March 2017.

Presenters Claudia Hammond and Tim Cockerill join a curator, a historian, a zoologist and a live audience to ask, how can we live with animals?
Please note this event was originally titled 'Humans and Animals'.
Image: White mouse, Center for PostNatural History
FRIDAY 2 DEC, 19.00-21.00
What did it take to be an officer in World War II? Come along to a war-period psychology testing event and find out if you have what it takes!
Through a combination of individual and group tests, including word association, thematic apperception, and some moustaches that Henry Wellcome himself would have been jealous of, join us to question, challenge and debate how we ‘test’ in society.
In partnership with the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations.

THURSDAY 8 DEC, 18.00-19.00 

Join us on this audio-described tour and discussion in the 'Medicine Man' gallery where you'll encounter ways of mapping the human body from different times and places. Learn about the long history of Chinese medicine while using some tactile teaching tools, and locate a few acupuncture points along the way.

'Animal Vegetable Mineral'celebrates the beauty and strangeness of the ‘infographics’, charts and ordering systems used to classify and understand nature in the 18th and 19th centuries, from taxonomy diagrams to distribution maps and colour dictionaries. With an introduction by Tim Dee.

Published by Wellcome Collection to accompany 'Making Nature'.

"Offers a real insight into the 'talking cure'." 'Guardian'

An insightful, honest account of the process of therapy from bestselling author Susie Orbach. Drawing on 40 years of experience, she reveals what she thinks and feels about the people who seek her help, through five dramatised case studies. An essential read for anyone curious about therapy.
Published by Wellcome Collection.


Mike Jay explores the evolution of the asylum and attitudes to mental distress and its treatment, featuring illustrations from Wellcome's exceptional holdings and the Bethlem Royal Hospital’s archive.

Published by Thames & Hudson and Wellcome Collection to accompany 'Bedlam: the asylum and beyond'.