Henry Wellcome was a man of many parts: entrepreneur,
philanthropist, patron of science and pioneer of aerial
photography. He also created one of the world's great museums: a
vast stockpile of evidence about our universal interest in health
and the body.
More than 150 years after his birth in 1853, this exhibition
reunites a cross-section of extraordinary objects from his
collection, ranging from diagnostic dolls to Japanese sex aids, and
from Napoleon's toothbrush to George III's hair. It also provides a
very different perspective on some of our own obsessions with
medicine and health.
In 'Medicine Man' some objects are
gathered by type and others by broad cross-cultural themes. Seven
other objects are presented individually and are examined by a
variety of commentators from different backgrounds, to show that
one object can mean many different things and tell many different