Room 24 is dedicated to showing how different cultures cope with life and death.
The displays showcase materials from various parts of the world including Ghana, New Zealand, The North American Arctic, The Solomon Islands and South America. The objects show how each culture deal with illnesses, surviving certain situations and living aside other people and animals.
The physical layout is simple, with most artefacts being placed in glassed showcases and others on a podium or hung from the wall. The showcases are large and have many materials inside. There seem to be a large quantity of objects to view, making it slightly overwhelming to take in. The themes do help to narrow down the idea of ‘living and dying’ but there does seem to be too much in one showcase.
The gallery room has some strengths and weaknesses. The strengths are the lighting and spacing. The lighting is comfortable to view the work and compliments the colour of the room. The gallery has enough space for all the materials to be seen, as well as walking space for the public. However, the room acts as a hallways due to there being more than one door to enter and exit. This allows the flow of visitors to move quickly and to not notice what is there. There are areas, with artefacts, that do not have visitors walk down because of the large showcases and the fact the room is used more as a place to get to another. Therefore, visitors automatically walk through the centre.
An installation is placed in the ‘pathway’ of the room. Cradle to Grave Pharmacopoeia is a major commissioned art installation that focus on a man and woman’s story told through the medication they have taken through their lives. Most of the visitors were interested in this because it can bee looked at whilst they are walking through the room.
The Wellcome Trust Gallery. (n.d). Living and Dying (Room 24). Available: http://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/galleries/themes/room_24_living_and_dying.aspx. Last accessed 26th Jan 2016.