Sick City Project

'Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be'

‘The Sick Rose’

As readers of this blog will surely know, the Wellcome Library and Wellcome Images hold one of the world’s great archives of historical medical and scientific images. Over the next … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

‘This Parliament of Monsters’: London’s spectacular fairs

This is the text of a talk I gave on 7 September at ‘Reclaiming Spectacle’ – the two-day finale of the 2013 Congress for Curious People. There’s a short bibliography … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

Sick City Talks 6 – ‘Bone’

Can these dry bones live? In ‘Bone’, a new exhibition at the Florence Nightingale Museum, Simon Gould and Rhiannon Armstrong demonstrate triumphantly that they can. ‘Bone’ brings together 45 objects … Continue reading

August 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sick City Talks episode 4 – Lauren Sapikowski

30 August is the International Day of the Disappeared – a commemoration of those who have been secretly abducted, imprisoned and murdered by repressive regimes and organisations around the world. … Continue reading

July 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

Sick City Talks episode 3 – ‘Bedside Stories’

An old joke claims that medical schools take well-rounded students and proceed to squash them flat. But a new generation of schools are realising that good health and good practice … Continue reading

June 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sick City Talks episode 1 – ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist’

The Queen’s Gallery summer exhibition, exploring Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical notebooks, looks set to be one of the landmark shows of 2012. Last week I attended a ‘bloggers’ breakfast’ to … Continue reading

May 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sick City Walks at the Palace

‘Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist’ opens at the Queen’s Gallery on Friday 4 May – the largest exhibition yet staged on Leonardo’s anatomical and physiological investigations. This is a rare opportunity … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · Leave a comment