Tuesday 5th June – 19th meeting of 2012

We met this week at London Bridge and the idea was to go to Regent’s Park to walk around and view the rose gardens but due to the lovely English weather this year of rain rain and more rain, we had to rethink the morning. One of our ladies had heard about an Exhibition being shown at Wellcome Collection, Euston that was all about ‘Brains’, so we decided to go there.

We took the Northern line Underground to Euston and as it was still raining when we got there we went straight into Cafe Nero outside the station, for a coffee. We were only six today as two lucky ladies were on holiday in Spain and Portugal and hopefully enjoying some sunshine and one lady recovering from her recent operation.  After coffee it was umbrellas up and a brisk five-minute walk to 183 Euston Road, the home of the Wellcome Collection. 

This is a Museum of artefacts and information of medical and pharmaceutical knowledge, inspired and collected by Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome.  The objects have been collected over the last 200 years.  The Wellcome Collection is a lovely light modern building over three floors with cafe and shop and is next to Wellcome Trust and University College Hospital, in Euston Road.

This exhibition was in the Special Exhibition area on Ground Floor.  It was set in four separate sections, 1. Measuring/Classifying, 2. Mapping/Modelling, 3. Cutting\Treating 4. Giving/Taking.  Entry into the Museum is free and the Brains exhibit was also free. There were many old medical pieces of medical equipment including sawing and drilling devices that were used in treating patients in the past.  Some of them looked as if they would have been painful in use!  There were many documents, diagrams and notes from olden years to the present day.  Also information on x-rays, laser and scanning devices.  Some of the stories that were documented were very sad and really made me realise how lucky we are now to have all the expert medical care that we receive.

There were detailed mapping drawings of the brain and case histories documented.  I looked at most of the exhibits but found it a little depressing so along with a couple of the groups we decided to have a coffee in the cafe.  One of the ladies had arranged to meet her daughter so she joined us for a coffee and we had a very pleasant chat!

There were lots of people and many students in the Museum.  It was a buzzing place and for any one with a medical interest or studying medicine it must be a ‘got to go’ place.

When everyone had viewed the exhibition we made our way home. It was still raining as we made our way back to Euston to connect with British Rail stations and our routes home.