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Cambridge lecturer Solomon Schechter among thousands of Genizah fragments in his office after their transportation from the Ben Ezra synagogue in Cairo.

Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo

This exhibition provides a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core.

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The image of a scientist handling a ‘flow cell’ illustrates both the cutting edge techniques currently used in genome sequencing as well as the human touch which guides all these processes.

Letter by Letter: sequencing genomes

Sat 18 February - Sat 20 May

Wellcome Genome Campus

‘Letter by Letter: sequencing genomes’, uses objects drawn from the Wellcome Genome Campus collection to chart the development of how DNA has been sequenced. From Fred Sanger's breakthrough in the 1970s, and the ambitious Human Genome Project of the 1990s, to the high-throughput methods of today, which is enabling new scales of research.

Join us at the Wellcome Genome Campus Cultural Zone for a range of activities throughout the afternoon; from curator talks, to hands-on DNA-themed activities and a tour of the Campus.

Through a changing programme of displays and exhibitions the Cultural Zone explores the stories of genomics research, and encourages you to discuss the social impact of genetics. Objects, illustrations and film bring to life the story of the Human Genome Project; a project that revolutionised biomedical science and our ability to explore what makes us, and all life. You can also find out about trees of life. From medieval illustrations to Darwin’s sketches and beyond, trees have helped us understand how life is connected.

Cost: Free

Ages: 8+

Enquiries and booking

Please note that booking is required for this event.

Please make sure you have your Eventbrite ticket to hand (paper or screen) to show at the Wellcome Genome Campus security kiosk at the entrance to facilitate access to the exhibition.

Enquiries: Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement Website Email: pubengage@wellcomegenomecampus.org


12:00pm-4:00pm on the third Saturday of every month , for 4 sessions starting Saturday 18 February

All times

Sat 18 February 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Sat 18 March 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Sat 15 April 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Sat 20 May 12:00PM - 4:00PM


Address: Wellcome Genome Campus
Cultural Zone, in the Conference Centre
Wellcome Genome Campus
CB10 1RQ