Roman curiositas literally means dedication to investigation and it has characterized human’s attitude since the beginning of its civilization. Men want to know and never stop discovering.
‘We not only learn, but we also learn to gradually change our conceptual framework and to adapt it to what we learn’.
(Rovelli, C.,2014, p.66)
Amongst the many ways to satisfy our thirst for knowledge, a versatile city like London offers a myriad of museums; the perfect destinations for the incurably curious.
Wellcome Collection in Euston Road , is one of those; it explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The permanent exhibitions present a range of ideas about science and medicine as well as a cross-section of extraordinary objects from Henry Wellcome’s collection.
Moreover, the current ‘Making Nature: How we see animals’ shows the historical origins of our ideas about other animals and the consequences of these for ourselves and our planet.
On the other hand, other kinds of curious, could be satisfied in London visiting another interesting venue that explores a specific side of the fashion world: the textile.
The Fashion and Textile Museum Collection in Bermondsey Street highlights the changing face of contemporary fashion from 1947 to the present day. All items in the Collection relate to the design and production of fashion, textiles and jewelry, with a number of key garments from designers including Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Biba, Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood.
In different ways, but with infinite possibilities London has the power to teach always something and let his people constantly travel around different worlds fostering their insatiable curiositas.
Rovelli, C. (2014) Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. London: Penguin Random House.
Fashion & Textile Museum: http://www.ftmlondon.org/
Wellcome Collection: https://wellcomecollection.org/