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The shock of human truth

Ken Arnold, lead curator at Wellcome Collection, talks to Prospect's Tom Chatfield about museums, the joys of interdisciplinary space and why his galleries reserve the right to shock

By Tom Chatfield   September 2007

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Tom Chatfield: Is Wellcome Collection something new?

Ken Arnold: Yes, I think we’re doing something that’s pretty unique here because of the sheer mix of galleries and facilities. They defy people’s tendency to think in categories—we have old and new together; we’re a museum, a library, a gallery, a collection, a venue; we have all these different themes that connect with and explore medicine from so many angles—the social, the scientific, the literary. This resonates with my own early passion for museums, because it feels like we’re recovering something of…

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