Wellcome Collection

Top 30 things in Camden: Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is for the incurably curious. Stuck for something to do near Euston on a rainy afternoon? There’s really nowhere that can beat it! Located on Euston Road, the Wellcome explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The venue offers visitors innovative and engaging temporary and permanent exhibitions, collections, lively public events, the world-renowned Wellcome Library, a café (with great cake), a shop, a restaurant and conference facilities as well as publications, tours, a book prize, international and digital projects. 

Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome was a pharmacist, entrepreneur, philanthropies and collector who, during the course of his lifetime, established world-class medical research laboratories and amassed the world’s most impressive collections relating to medicine and health through the ages. The Wellcome Collection is housed in the original Wellcome Building (built to Sir Henry's specifications in 1932), which is next door to the headquarters of the Wellcome Trust, his philanthropic legacy. His vision was to create a space to house his collections, where professionals could come to learn more about the development of medicine and medical science. 

Established under Sir Henry Wellcome’s will in 1936, the Wellcome Trust was set up as a global charitable foundation aiming to improve health for everyone through supporting great ideas. Politically and financially independent, the Wellcome supports scientists and researchers to take on big problems, fuel imaginations and spark debates. 

The Wellcome Library sees more than 30,000 visitors per year. With over 750,000 books, journals, manuscripts, archives and films it’s a common spot for historians, academics, students and health professionals, but is also open to members of the general public. Through its collections and services it provides insight and information to anyone seeking to understand medicine and its role in society, past and present. The Library also includes Wellcome Images, a major visual collection. 

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