The gift will help fund a £24 million ($34.7 million) project that nearly doubles the existing space occupied by the museum's Medicine Galleries. Scheduled to open in 2019 and made possible by an additional grant of £8 million ($11.6 million) from the Heritage Lottery Fund and support from the Wolfson Foundation, the new galleries will house more than two thousand objects from the museum's and Sir Henry Wellcome's collections.
"Our medicine collection documents moments of great medical insight and innovation, major public health challenges, and moving patient experiences from the past," said Emily Scott-Dearing, lead curator of the galleries. "It also speaks powerfully to the medical challenges of today and tomorrow, from antibiotic resistance to the obesity epidemic. Ours is a living, growing collection, and alongside historic objects the new galleries will showcase our latest acquisitions from the leading edge of clinical medicine and biomedical research."
"The generous support of the Wellcome Trust will help us realize our ambitious plans to create the world's greatest Medicine Galleries," said Science Museum director Ian Blatchford. "Bringing together the fascinating medical collections of Sir Henry Wellcome, on permanent loan to the Science Museum since 1976, and our own rich medical collections, these galleries will become a global center for the public understanding of health and medicine."