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Open seven days a week, 10.00-18.00. Entry to the Museum is free.

Health Matters

This gallery will close on 20 April – see what we have planned for the future

Medicine changed faster during the 20th century than ever before. Health Matters explores how medical technology, health surveys and medical research have changed the way we experience medicine.

An iron lung built by car workers and a kidney machine made out of a tin can both show how innovation and mass production have transformed medicine. Many of the technologies on display, such as the contraceptive pill, had a dramatic cultural impact during the 20th century. Other technologies, such as the MMR vaccine, have created dilemmas for us.

Examine how we measure the health of communities, and explore how medicine is as much about preventing ill health as curing it. You can also see some iconic medical research technologies of the late 20th century, including pioneering DNA sequencers.

Come to the Health Matters gallery to find out more about modern medicine and the search for better health.

Health Matters

Explore medical science
Floor: 3
Open: Permanent
free