Visit to the Wellcome Collection Museum for BSc Health and Social Care students
By Dr Eleni Koutsogeorgou
Monday, April 25, 2022
On Friday 22nd April 2022, we visited the Wellcome Collection Museum in London with students of the BSc Health and Social Care programme (London campus). This visit was an extracurricular activity and attendance was optional for students.
During the visit, we had a guided tour of the main exhibitions of the museum, entitled ‘Medicine Man’.
In the exhibition about ‘Medicine Man’, students had the opportunity to see items from around the world related to medicine historically, as well as works of art related to medicine. The guided tour was informative regarding the origins of health and use of items for health purposes in various cultures.
Another exhibition of the museum was called ‘Rooted Beings’. In this exhibition, students had the opportunity to see artworks related to human relationship to plants and nature, and life on earth.
One of the permanent exhibitions of the museum, which we saw with students as well during this visit, was called ‘Being Human’. This exhibition includes various items related to health, anatomy, and new forms of medical knowledge in the 21st century.
Finally, within the premises of the museum there is the Wellcome Collection library, which includes historical and contemporary books, journal articles, and other works related to personal and cultural relationships with health and medicine.
The students who attended this visit wrote the following about this experience:
Quotes from students:
“It was an enjoyable visit. The Medicine Man room was very interesting. The tour guide was very informative” (Graduate of the BSc Health and Social Care programme).
“An interesting day it’s been. Having an experience/opportunity to see some of the things we’ve written about in our reports. What an experience. Thanks Dr. Eleni, I will do it again” (BSc Health and Social Care student, Level 6 Term 1).
You can find more information about the Wellcome Collection Museum on its website: Wellcome Collection Museum
We plan to organise more visits in the following terms for students of the BSc Health and Social Care programme to similar locations, to enhance the knowledge of students about health and social care practices, both modern and historical, while offering an education in alternative environments rather than traditional classrooms. Learning about a variety of multicultural experiences and perspectives related to health and supporting others is essential for anyone studying and/or working in the field of health and social care.
Note: This initiative was part of the UWTSD's Students' Experience Enhancement Fund (SEEF).