Electricity: The spark of life

23 Feb 2017 – 25 Jun 2017

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

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Wellcome Collection

London, United Kingdom


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  • Buses: 10, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 59, 68, 73, 88, 91, 134, 168, 205, 253, 390
  • Tube: Euston, Euston Square, Warren St, King's Cross
  • Train: Euston, St Pancras and King's Cross
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The story of electricity is the story of life itself. Within every object on earth is hidden either a positive or negative electric charge - from the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains, the natural power of electricity is all around and one of the most potent symbols of the modern world.

From the first breaths of Frankenstein’s monster to the brutal simplicity of the execution chair, this exhibition will contemplate the contradictory life-giving and death-dealing extremes generated by electricity and traces the story of how mankind 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 a collaboration between Wellcome Collection (London), the Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester) and the Teylers Museum (Haarlem) and will be presented as a touring exhibition at each of these venues, beginning at Wellcome Collection in Spring 2017.

(Image © Museum of London)


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