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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London's Wellcome Collection asks 'Who's the Pest?'

18th April 2013

Today (April 18th) sees the beginning of what promises to be a truly unique series of entomological events at the Wellcome Collection.

Featuring a densely packed programme of weird and wonderful happenings, "Who's the Pest?" invites the public to explore the "timeless love story" between humans and insects - and ought to provoke some debate as to which of us is indeed "the pest".

By way of introduction to the more unusual events happening later in the month, this weekend's offering is Secret Insects of Bloomsbury - a guided walk supervised by Dr James Logan.

Attendees will be led from a meeting point at the Wellcome Collection to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - where they'll "meet Bloomsbury's blood-suckers" - before the tour terminates at the Grant Museum. At each stop, they'll hear "dark tales" from experts that look at the shocking secret histories of local insect life.

Next week, visitors have an opportunity to partake in workshops on a slightly more unusual theme - "the consumption of insects as a potential alternative to traditional livestock". With a 3D food-printing demonstration, Insects au Gratin promises to explore both gastronomy and technology.

While the majority of events are free, places are limited; would-be attendees are advised to book soon to avoid disappointment. E-tickets can be acquired through the Wellcome Collection website.

The venue on Euston Road serves primarily as a permanent home for the display of items collected by Henry Solomon Wellcome - a 19th century pharmacist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Wellcome amassed an enormous number of curiosities from around the world, all along the themes of medicine, healthcare and hygiene.

Additionally, it hosts a wide range of exhibitions and events, describing itself as a "free visitor destination for the incurably curious".

A stone's throw from Euston station, the Wellcome Collection is easily accessible from most major landmarks and hotels in London.


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