Melanie Keen – Director, Wellcome Collection, London, UK
Melanie Keen, Director, Wellcome Collection, London, UK
David van der Leer, Principal, DVDL
The world is rapidly changing around us, and it is questionable if the old frameworks for the development of programs and space programs for museums will still be relevant tomorrow. What would museums for the 21st century become if we were to take this unprecedented time to explore new missions, visions, and (space) programs for existing and new institutions?
For the ninth conversation in The Future of Cultural Centers dialogue series, we will be speaking with Melanie Keen, Director at Wellcome Collection in London. The Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library based in London, UK, that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health. Through exhibitions, collections, live programming, digital, broadcast and publishing, The Wellcome Collection creates opportunities for people to think deeply about the connections between science, medicine, life and art. The venue offers contemporary and historic exhibitions and collections, the Wellcome Library, an events space (The Studio), a research area (The Hub), a café, a reading room, a bookshop and conference facilities. The Wellcome Collection is part of the Wellcome Trust, which was established under Sir Henry Wellcome’s will in 1936. The space bridges the gap between a museum, a world-class Library, a meeting place and a research place where academics, artists and other creative minds to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects exploring medicine, health and well-being.
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