The founder of the Wellcome Trust was the pharmacist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and collector, Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome. Captivated with medicine and inspired by the world he frequently explored, he initiated world-class medical research laboratories and began to build one of the world’s most astonishing collections of medicine and health through history. His ambition was to construct a venue to contain his magnificent collections, for professional education and study, in order to develop knowledge of medical science. His legacy, the Wellcome Trust, is an independent global charitable foundation. Both one of the largest charities in the UK and one of the largest research charities in the world, the Trust funds bright minds in scientific education, research and public engagement. Successful projects that have been funded by the trust include the development of the antimalarial drug Artemisinin, and the establishment of the UK Biobank. Their aim is to improve health, ‘because good health makes life better.’
The architecture of the building has a neoclassical design, housing both historic and contemporary exhibitions and collections, public events, the Wellcome Library, a café, a shop, a restaurant and conference facilities. The venue also offers many in-house publications, tours, international and digital projects, and the famous Book Prize.
The Wellcome Library consists of more than 750,000 books, journals, manuscripts and films, offering anyone interested extensive information about medicine and its significance in society. For an unusual and eccentric mixture of medical art and artefacts, the Wellcome Collection is an original and thought-provoking museum to inspire all.
📅 Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10AM – 6PM (Thursday close at 10PM)
By Stephanie Butler