Emily May Armstrong speaks at Wellcme Trust exhibition

Emily May Armstrong was invited by the Wellcome Trust Collection in London to curate a talk for 150 16-18 year old A-Level students about human genetic disease, and her own research on plant genetics. She spoke alongside internationally acclaimed deaf poet Raymond Antrobus and public/mental health researcher, Dr. Karim Mitha. The session was mediated by Miranda Lowe, Chief Curator of Marine Collections at London’s Natural History Museum. The day aimed to equip the young audience with multiple viewpoints considering disability, identity, and how we interact with the world around us. Our audience especially enjoyed learning how closely related our genetics makes us. The discussion was based on the Wellcome’s latest permanent exhibition ‘Being Human’ – an interactive gallery examining cross-sections between the climate crisis, universal identity, genetics & disease. Definitely check it out next time you’re in London, it’s free and right next to Euston station.

This event happened in March, 10 days before the UK went into lockdown.
Please contact Emily for slides – she’s happy to share them for future teaching events.


First published: 1 June 2020

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