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Getting dirty at the Wellcome Collection

By Elizabeth Pisani  

'A Monster Soup commonly called Thames Water' by William Heath 1828, featured in the Wellcome Collection's new exhibition

“Drains don’t make heroes,” I thundered in a piece about polio in a recent issue of Prospect. Apparently, I was wrong. It’s just that they don’t make heroes very quickly. This I learned at the truly fascinating new exhibition on Dirt at the Wellcome Collection, one of Prospect‘s cultural picks for this month.  On the wall of a whole room related to London’s troubled relationship with its drains, there’s a quote from an 1860 edition of…

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