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Brains: The Mind as Matter - Wellcome Collection

Posted on 12 March 2012

The Wellcome Collection's newest exhibition opens 29 March

Wellcome Collection Brains Exhibition - small image

Curated by Dr Marius Kwint, University of Portsmouth, with the assistance of Archaeology's Dr Sara Perry, the next free major exhibition at the world-renowned Wellcome Collection in London opens at the end of the month, running from 29 March - 17 June 2012.  Brains: The Mind as Matter 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 control and decipher this complex and enigmatic form of human material culture.  Archaeologically-relevant displays include the original fraudulent remains of 'Piltdown Man', craniometric equipment from the collections of General Augustus Pitt Rivers and Sir Francis Galton, and a variety of materials and instruments testifying to human efforts to manipulate the brains across time and space.

For more details on the exhibition, including YouTube trailer, imagery and various interactive activities, visit the Wellcome Collection's Brains pages.

Or contact Sara Perry ( for further information.