A Museum of Modern Nature exhibition opens at Wellcome Collection
News / Published: 22 June 2017
Wellcome Collection’s latest exhibition is made up of objects borrowed by the public, creating a collective snapshot of the way people relate to nature in modern life.
From the garden gnome that is a family heirloom, to the asthma inhaler that sparked a career in environmentalism, each object tells a unique and personal story.
"Gathered together and placed on display these objects offer a different way of looking at the natural world," says exhibition curator Honor Beddard. "They may help us to visualise the links between how we live our lives and the future health of the planet."
- a paper knife in the shape of a fish, made in the trenches of World War One, which highlights the human impetus to create art and meaning in times of suffering
- childhood books and a fallow deer antler contributed by two of the BBC Springwatch presenters, Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham
- a pair of running shoes, a slice of bread and a thermos flask which are examples of the everyday objects that bring nature into people’s lives, routines and memories
- an artwork that explores what nature means to boys attending school in inner London.
The objects chosen to go on display were selected by a small team of people who work with nature every day, including a dairy farmer, a horticultural scientist and a plant medicine shaman.
A Museum of Modern Nature runs from 22 June to 8 October 2017 at Wellcome Collection.
Read more about the exhibition in our press release.