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Collections and Objects

Our world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Come behind the scenes as we explore new object acquisitions and meet the conservation team.

Curator Dr. Katy Barrett reflects on the vibrant work of British artist Chila Burman, whose art has given light in a time of darkness and highlights the importance of Indian traditions within British identity.

Flushing toilets are a staple of our modern lives, but what we now take for granted is still a relatively new technological innovation. Assistant Curator Kerry Grist explores their fascinating history.

By Annie Thwaite

Powerful Amulets

Historian of medicine Annie Thwaite explores the rich and complex history of amulets and their connection to medicine.

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