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Tuesday 12 October 2010 - Friday 22 October 2010

Image of letters spelling 'THINGS'

A call to update Henry Wellcome’s curious collection. Please give us a 'thing' no bigger than your head.

  • Bring us a thing during our great bring-a-thing-athon
  • Bring this, bring that, bring the other, just nothing bigger than your head
  • Lend it, gift it, or if you can't bear to part with it, upload a photo of it
  • Snooping is positively encouraged, so tell your friends about Things. No one should miss this feast for the voyeur!


  • Calendar of things

    Calendar of things

    Browse the calendar to discover the new things we've acquired from the public. Empty at first, the calendar will fill up with things during the course of the exhibition. Navigate between months using the links, and click on individual things to discover more.

  • Other things

    Other things

    If you can't get to Wellcome Collection to bring us your thing, or simply can't bear to part with it, you can add a picture of it it to our Things Flickr pool.

  • Wellcome Collection blog

    Wellcome Collection blog

    Follow the progress of Things from the gallery floor on the Wellcome Collection blog.

  • Videos


    While you're choosing a thing to bring, take a look at what others have chosen and why.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Terms and Conditions

    Bring us a thing, lend us a thing, gift us a thing... but please read the small print first.


In exchange for your thing you will be invited to the private view on Tuesday 19 October, 19.00-21.30.

Bring us an object between 12-19 October (except Monday 18 October)
Collect your object between 6pm on 21 October and 6pm on 23 October
Come and see everyone else's objects any time between 12-22 October (except Monday 18 October)


Henry Wellcome was one of the world's greatest collectors. On display in 'Medicine Man' in Wellcome Collection you will find more than 500 objects from his original collection of over one-and-a-half million, spanning centuries and continents.

Please note that we are building a finite collection. Once the display structure is full and the collection is complete, an announcement will be made to confirm object drop-off is closed. We will still be interested in seeing your things so please bring them in to show the team or upload a photograph, and follow the collection's progress on our website.

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