Humanity versus disease showcased as London’s Science Museum reopens doors

Employees clean exhibits ahead of the reopening of the Science Museum, after lockdown restrictions were eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, August 10, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Exhibits showcasing humanity’s battle with the infectious disease will greet visitors recently emerged from coronavirus lockdowns when London’s Science Museum re-opens its doors next week after its longest closure since World War II.

“Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries” tracks medical advances through history. Its timely displays include an iron lung used for polio patients in the 1950s, an isolation trolley from the 1970s, PPE from the Ebola epidemic, and statistics on the effectiveness of vaccinations.

The five galleries, which initially opened in November 2019, “are very relevant, of course for the COVID-19 pandemic,” the museum’s deputy director Julia Knights told Reuters TV.

As well as cataloging the past, the museum has also deployed its curators to collect present-day items for a future display intended to look back at the challenges that science and society are facing in 2020.

“(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,” said Knights. 

The deep-cleaned museum will re-open on Aug 19 and is offering free timed tickets online to a reduced number of visitors to allow for social distancing and manage footfall in London’s museum district, which also includes the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

“We are sanitizing the building but not the experience,” Knights said.

Enjoy a virtual tour of the London Science Museum, here.


By Hanna Rantala

Global Heroes Logo Grey

Get your free copy of Global Heroes, jam-packed with positive news, straight in your inbox.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Global Heroes Podcast


Subscribe to our Newsletter and Access all issues of Global Heroes News straight in your inbox. 100% free, no purchase necessary, for life. Uplifting stories, highlighting the inspirational efforts of everyday people, celebrities, and organizations, who are diligently working together towards practical solutions to global problems.