The Power of Poison is a new exhibition that’s running at the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane and I got to see a press preview of it last Thursday. It ran in the US at the American Museum of Natural History and it has been transferred to the UK. We were lucky enough to have its US curator Mark Siddall present when we were getting a sneak preview of the exhibition. The Power of Poison looks at the roles that poison plays in everyday life, in medicines, in nature and in literature over the centuries and it is intended to make people more knowledgeable about the subject, demistifying it and pointing out the different roles it plays. It covers poison in history and also in books like Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes. The exhibition is a mix of models and live animals like the tiny frogs used by South American natives to tip their arrows in poison. They hadn’t quite finished setting up but it is an impressive exhibition, perfect for school kids but with enough here to interest adults…


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