£10m for new Science Museum galleries

The Wellcome Trust has given the Science Museum in London £10 million for its landmark new Medicine Galleries.

Box of prosthetic glass eyes

Credit: Science Museum, London

Box of prosthetic glass eyes from Liverpool, England, 1900-1940.

The £24m project, which is due to be completed in 2019, will create a magnificent new home for the world-renowned medical collections. 

Based on the collections of Sir Henry Wellcome and the Science Museum, the new Medicine Galleries will house over 2,000 objects. They will highlight the best of the most significant medicine collection in the world. 

The galleries will reveal personal stories about the transformational power of medicine. They will also provide historical context for our experience of medicine and health today. 

The new galleries will cover more than 3000m2 on the museum’s first floor. This almost doubles the area of the existing Medicine Galleries and will position medicine at the centre of the museum.

Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum, said: "Bringing together the fascinating medical collections of Sir Henry Wellcome, on permanent loan to the Science Museum since 1976, and our own rich medical collections, these galleries will become a global centre for the public understanding of health and medicine.”

Simon Chaplin, Wellcome’s Director of Culture and Society, said: "The new Medicine Galleries will create one of the world’s largest permanent spaces devoted to the place of health in human culture. We are delighted to be the lead funder for this exciting project."

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