A free museum and library exploring health and human experience
Statement on the closure of our Medicine Man gallery
The closure of Medicine Man is the result of several years’ research and reflection, and is the next step in updating how we display items from the collections.
We publish thought-provoking books exploring health and human experiences. Our latest titles cover everything from the social history of our phobias and manias, to how technology might alter our understanding of what it means to be human.
The eye of darshan
The Hindu concept of darshan means “divine revelation”, but it’s also about the multilayered ways in which we see the world around us. Adrian Plau explains how one image in a Panjabi manuscript relates to darshan, and why it’s so striking.
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The Victorian perspective on spectacles
When spectacles began to proliferate in the 19th century, some commentators were alarmed. Gemma Almond reveals how the Victorians came to embrace eyewear.
The collateral damage of cancer treatment extends to all activities, including a night of live entertainment.