Science Museum reopens showcasing humans’ battle with coronavirus
LONDON (UK) – When London’s Science Museum re-opens next week showcasing exhibits that capture how humans battled the coronavirus. This has been the longest since its closure during World War II.
“Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries” traces advancements made by medicine through history. The items that are displayed consists an iron lung, which the polio patients used in the 1950s, an isolation trolley equipped in the 1970s, PPE used during the Ebola epidemic and a statistics detailing the effectiveness of vaccinations.
The museum’s deputy director Julia Knights told that the five galleries opened in November 2019, “are very relevant of course for the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In addition to chronicling the past, the museum has also appointed its curators to meticulously collect items that would revisit the challenges that science and society have equally faced in 2020.
Knights said, “(We are) … looking at a permanent record there for many generations to come of the medical, scientific, cultural and deeply personal responses to COVID-19.”
The museum will re-open on August 19. Free timed tickets will be given online to a few visitors allowing social distancing. This will help manage footfall in London’s museum, which includes the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
“We are sanitising the building but not the experience,” Knights said.
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