© 2018 by Jack Newbury

Journey Through Medicine


Today we received our first briefing from MA Material Futures: 'Future Manufacturing'.

This project relies heavily on research, identifying the manufacturing of a chosen item, whether it be mineral / animal / electronic etc. It could even be currently used, or an item that is not produced anymore. 


So my chosen item is aspirin! 

After choosing this item, I decided to visit the Journeys Through Medicine: Henry Wellcome's Legacy exhibition at the Science Museum. As a starting point, this research was key to identify the historical aspects of modern medicine and how it has evolved since the 19th century. From modern chemist's practices to prehistorical surgical tools, the items presented in the collection tell a very important story about the evolution of medicine and its impact that it has had on our health.


Sir Henry Wellcome's travel medical kit, containing a collection of powdered form of medicine for a variety of illnesses. 


 Pestle and mortar, Netherlands, 1604

Most medicines were usually made at home, until the late 18th century using the natural ingredients that could be grown or bought. This bronze pestle and mortar is an example of a key piece of equipment that would have been used to make such medicines.

Questions to ponder for further research:

1. What materials does aspirin contain?

2. Where do these materials come from? 

3. How do these materials work in relation to the body?



Curated by the Science Museum 

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