THE STORY SPACE
Designed by international architectural practice Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries offer a magnificent new home for the most significant medical collections in the world, providing a rich historical context for our experience of medicine today. Covering more than 3000m2, the five new galleries display more than 3,000 medical artefacts, striking artworks, interactive games and immersive experiences that bring the history of medicine to life.
THE STORY NARRATIVE
The five themes that run throughout the exhibition comprise of Medicine and Bodies, Exploring Medicine, Medicine and Treatments: The GSK Gallery, Medicine and Communities and Faith, Hope and Fear. Throughout these spaces, the faces, voices and stories of patients and practitioners feature in films, displays, interactive experiences and portraits.
THE STORY ENGINEERING
Entering the exhibition through the Medicine and Bodies gallery, visitors can get hands on through a series of interactive exhibits that offer a deeper layer of detail and understanding. Large touchscreen displays engage larger groups in a subject, allowing multiple audiences to connect simultaneously.
Wandering through the exhibition, hospital equipment becomes enlivened with soundscapes and audio narratives that deliver healthcare stories, personal accounts and create depth of interpretation and greater relevance to objects and concepts. Headphones offer interviews, personal accounts and backdrops to the themes running throughout the spaces. To offer a greater level of accessibility, BSL is incorporated within videos using button activation settings, and induction loops have been built in handsets for more effective audio delivery to those with hearing impairments.
Medicine and Communities, examines health challenges from deadly epidemics to the provision of health services. An original ‘Bug Van’ showcases its historical significance as a means of transporting domestic material for fumigation during slum clearances. Housed within the van, a projector presents archive footage to offer a realistic insight into the history and the environmental landscape in which the van was so relevant.
The Faith, Hope and Fear gallery focuses on the trust we place in medicine, featuring cultural and religious items that represent hopes and fears. Stepping inside six booths, each is accompanied by personal stories that become activated by PIR sensors housed within the setworks. The pictures and words become alive with the voices and stories of those to which the experiences relate, bringing a greater authenticity to these thoughts, opinions and encounters.
Medicine & Treatments: The GSK Gallery explores medicine’s core purpose, focusing on cures and ailments. Stepping inside Gibson’s Victorian pharmacy, a complex and carefully integrated soundscape brings this space to life with echoes of the past. Along the pharmacy counter, tabletop interactive projections gives visitors the opportunity to delve into the history of significant objects, where immaculate projection mapping dynamically animates these items with factual accounts and medicinal relevance.
Sysco coordinated with Clay Interactive and Coda to Coda to deliver the media, ensuring that all content seamlessly aligned with AV hardware. Strong collaboration with the Setworks teams also ensured that custom made cases perfectly fit display screens to deliver a flawless finish across the experience.