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Brains: The mind as matter

Thu 29 March 2012 - Sun 17 June 2012

10.00-18.00 (11.00-18.00 Sundays) Closed on Monday


If this report in the CNJ is accurate you should exercise caustion, or rush to it depending on your taste...

A BRAIN exhibition was temporarily shut down after more than a dozen people fainted due to shock.
The plug was pulled on films being shown at the Wellcome Collection in Euston after talks with Camden Council’s health and safety department.
The “Brains” exhibition, which asked “not what brains do to us, but what we have done to brains”, showed brains being sawn in half and people being jolted with bursts of electric convulsive therapy (ECT).
The images proved too much for several visitors who passed out after feeling squeamish.

The Wellcome Trust's new exhibition seeks to explore what humans have done to brains in the name of medical intervention, scientific enquiry, cultural meaning and technological change.

Featuring over 150 artefacts including real brains, artworks, manuscripts, artefacts, videos  and photography, 'Brains' follows the long quest to manipulate and decipher the most unique and mysterious of human organs, whose secrets continue to confound and inspire.

'Brains' asks not what brains do to us, but what we have done to brains, focusing on the bodily presence of the organ rather than investigating the neuroscience of the mind.

This exhibition contains objects and images that some may find disturbing, including medical specimens and surgical film sequences. It is intended for those aged 14 years and over.

Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE