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Electricity: The spark of life

Sat 25 February 2017 - Sun 25 June 2017


The story of electricity is the story of life itself. From the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains, this invisible yet vital force is intrinsic to human life. For centuries electricity has captivated inventors, scientists and artists alike, and in the modern era it has transformed our world.

From the first breaths of Frankenstein’s monster to the brutal simplicity of the execution chair, this exhibition contemplates the contradictory life-giving and death-dealing extremes generated by electricity, and traces the story of how humanity has striven to understand, unlock and gain control over this invisible yet all-encompassing force, which continues to mystify and amaze.

'Electricity: The spark of life' is in collaboration with Teylers Museum (Haarlem, the Netherlands) and the Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester). The exhibition will be presented at these museums in summer 2017 and early 2018.

Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

All Wellcome Collection exhibitions are free. Find out about entry at busy times.

› Electricity: The spark of life – find out more

Pick up A Practical Course in Personal Magnetism, the accompanying book for the exhibition. With the advice of the Psychic Research Company, learn how to effectively harness the electric powers of your mind:

  • Control the Actions of Others
  • Make Effective Use of Mystery
  • Gain Ease and Self-confidence
  • Win the Affection of the Opposite Sex
  • Appreciate the Value of Cheerfulness
  • Master the Magnetic Handshake

B/W photo image credit: Museum of London