In the Air explores our relationship with the air around us. Moving freely across borders and through bodies, air is both vital to our existence and a threat to our health.

The exhibition explores the relationship between the air and earth, from 3.5-billion-year-old fossilised bacteria that first introduced oxygen into the atmosphere to delicate porcelain sculptures of the glaciers that provide a record of the air and our impact on it. It charts the history of activism against pollution from 17th century accounts of coal smoke in London to contemporary protests against levels of toxic air that disproportionately impact communities of colour in our cities. Immersive and imaginative film installations introduce us to magnified versions of the particles that occupy our air; reveal the ways that air is weaponised across the world – but also reconnect us to the healing properties of fresh air.

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Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road, London, Greater London, NW1 2BE

020 7611 2222


Opening times

Monday Closed

Tuesday 10:00—18:00

Wednesday 10:00—18:00

Thursday 10:00—20:00

Friday 10:00—18:00

Saturday 10:00—18:00

Sunday 10:00—18:00

How we’re keeping you safe

Taking extra care with increased cleaning.

Providing hand-sanitiser dispensers.

Providing our staff with optional masks and visors.

Spreading out café seating and serving pre-packed food.

Providing optional mask-exempt badges from Euan’s Guide.

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