Be part of our curious journey
Wellcome Collection is setting out on a curious journey.
Investing £17.5 million in a major development project, we will
become bigger and bolder. Stirling Prize-winning architects
Wilkinson Eyre will transform the venue, bringing new areas into
public use and linking the layers of activity with a dramatic new
spiral staircase. Through it all, we will be – more than ever – the
free destination for the incurably curious.
Due for completion in summer 2014, the changes will bring more
curiosities to provoke and enthral, more spaces to explore and
On level 1
• A new gallery showcasing
year-long thematic projects, with changing displays and
• A new studio to provide a different space for our live
programme, in particular activities co-produced with
On level 2
• The transformation of
our iconic Reading Room into a new kind of participatory space – a
room full of extraordinary and intriguing things to see, do and
• A new restaurant, perfect for relaxing and recharging with
friends and colleagues.
On levels 2 and 3
• An expanded Rare
Materials Room and new study spaces in the Wellcome Library,
continuing to offer an outstanding environment for researchers.
Over the coming months we will invite you to enjoy activities in
new spaces inside and outside Wellcome Collection. From September
2013 until February 2014 our temporary exhibitions and accompanying
events will take place on level 5 – which will later house an
exciting new research space called The Hub. We will also run
offsite activities, including our Curiosity Roadshow on an adapted
London bus, and a series of walks exploring medicine and
architecture. Watch this space for more information.
Business as (un)usual
Building work will begin in early August and major works will
continue until spring 2014. There may be some clutter and noise as
we grow, but we will remain open as (un)usual, with an intriguing
array of events and happenings along the way. We know your
curiosity is incurable, but we still want to keep feeding it.
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