Knowledge Quarter Private View: Electricity – The Spark of Life

When: 09.00 – 10.00, Wednesday 29 March 2017

Where: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Rd, Bloomsbury, London NW1 2BE

The Knowledge Quarter is delighted to invite staff and friends from Knowledge Quarter organisations to the next in our series of private breakfast views. It will be on this occasion hosted at the Wellcome Collection. KQ staff and partner organisations will have the opportunity to have an exclusive look at Electricity – the Spark of Life the Wellcome’s new blockbuster exhibition which examines the history of electricity and hear from James Peto, Head of Public Programmes at the Wellcome Collection.

The story of electricity is the story of life itself. From the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains, this invisible yet vital force is intrinsic to human life. For centuries electricity has captivated inventors, scientists and artists alike, and in the modern era it has transformed our world.

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

To register, please sign up on Eventbrite.