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MAKE PEACE WITH DEATH! 'A Self-Portrait' Exhibition at the Wellcome Collection'

Death. What a relief. No more getting up early and all that mullarkey! But while we wait, let's visit the Wellcome Collection's Death Exhibition. On a slightly less facetious note, the idea is to discuss this often taboo subject in the context of atheism.  Death is disconcerting, upsetting, humbling ... even invigorating?!  People with near death experiences seem to get renewed zest for life, so maybe the inevitability is what makes us value life?

Can it be liberating to name our fears and say, "One day that will be me."? Come along and find out with friends, and we'll have a drink afterwards to ...er ...reflect. ;-)

(It has to be a Thursday as that is the only late night opening, and we may have to queue up. Meet in the foyer or in the queue.) We will wait till 19:15 and after that you can rendevous with the group by calling on the mobile number that will be emailed out.

Details of the venue are here:

http://www.wellcomecollection.org/visit-us/opening-hours.aspx

Details of the exhibition are here:

http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/exhibitions/death-a-self-portrait.aspx

After the exhibition we'll adjourn to the Doric Arch pub , which is more or less opposite, where we can while away a few more hours en route to the big D itself.

There was a joke comedian Danny Bhoy used to about giving carriage clocks and watches to retirees in respect of years of service: "Oh right, that's a great gift. Watch those final hours tick away in style with this lovely carriage clock".

Price: Free, exhibition is also free

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  • Georgi L.

    If you guys want to see that depiction of 20th century death again (And lots of other cool stuff 'info is beautiful'), it's here :http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/20th-century-death/

    April 17, 2013

  • Richard F

    I really enjoyed the evening. I was interested to see how death is such an integral part of our lives but how we either mock it, revel in it or use it as a form of control. Also, I found the owner of the works to be a really jolly fellow, completely at ease with the subject. I feel the same way. Thanks to everyone who went.

    2 · February 22, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      Yes the collector was a very jolly chap, good to have preconceptions shown up! You're also completely at ease with death? Wow, I don't think many of us could say that ...hats off to you!

      February 23, 2013

  • Andre

    Thought-provoking exhibition with some fine art pieces.

    1 · February 22, 2013

  • Georgi L.

    The pieces I found most compelling included the one showing the relative depictions in size of what had been the causes of human death e.g murder was considerably bigger than war. Also the medicine room upstairs was fascinating, (torture, birthing and early dentist chairs!) and for some reason, Napaleon's toothbrush! Thanks to Richard Francis for organising. No one was talking about death in the pub afterwards though I noted ;-) Nice community event, chat and laughs (maybe that's why we picked up some random strangers along the way... again!)

    1 · February 22, 2013

    • Adrian

      It's stunning that almost a third more deaths were caused by murder than war. Which as I postulated means we'd be better off dispatching serial killers to war zones than expensive troops and equipment!

      1 · February 22, 2013

  • Robert L.

    Intriguing, if slightly macabre, exhibition!

    2 · February 22, 2013

  • Adrian

    Excellent exhibition and of course the obligatory pub debriefing afterwards.

    February 21, 2013

  • Julie M.

    Will be bringing a friend along too. See you all later.

    February 21, 2013

  • garry b.

    This will be my first meetup with this group. Look forward to meeting you all

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Richard F

    For the drinks afterwards, I've booked 4 large tables from 8pm in the Doric Arch, just outside Euston Station (the pub is outside the Station, not the tables!!!) Food is served until 9pm. We are up in the mezzanine. Cheers

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Alex D

    I'm not at peace with death and not sure I want to be, so maybe for the best that I can't do (most) Thor's days. Hmmm.

    February 17, 2013

  • Fiona W.

    I saw it the other day and would recommend you to go first to the final room and look at the video of the collector of the exhibition - lovely man! Make sure you get hold of the booklet describing the WW1 etchings (to be found, incongruously, at the end of the relevant room).
    Don't be too shocked by the fantastic Goyas!

    February 15, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      Thank you very much Fiona, will do :-) (It is a strange subject but I think we'll compensate by having some drinks and laughs afterwards!)

      February 16, 2013

  • Georgi L.

    New member, Els, mentioned this... Death cafes opening all over the world!

    http://www.deathcafe.com/

    February 7, 2013

  • Sanch

    Can definately make it now:)

    February 4, 2013

  • terence f.

    Very interesting and educational - enjoy.

    1 · February 4, 2013

  • Roger

    Sorry, rehearsing every Thursday!

    January 29, 2013

17 went

  • Adrian
    FOUNDER, Cat herding KingHell of Puns, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Georgi L. +1
    FOUNDER, ORGANISER, cat herding faith virus boghossinator, Co-Organizer
  • Sanch
    Mr. Earthquake ;-)
  • Julie M. +1
    Has a twin called Phyllis
  • Lorna M.
    Premium LAAGer & ambassador!
  • Brian
    Brave Sir Robin! Exploding Lasagne!
  • Dean
    Premium Speaker!
  • Kieron
    ORGANISER, Founder Member.
  • Andre
    Tee-total whimsy
  • A former member
  • A former member

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