Press release

Midsummer Picnic

The Wellcome Collection Midsummer Picnic is back for 2010 on Saturday 26 June. Taking place in Cumberland Market, this free community event invites local residents to celebrate the summer with activities and performances inspired by Henry Wellcome and his collection.

Midsummer Picnic
Sunday 26 June,12.00-16.00
Cumberland Market
Camden, London, NW1

"After the success of last year's Midsummer Picnic, we're delighted to be hosting the event again. This year there will be even more fun activities to enjoy and we hope this will inspire people to come and explore Sir Henry's wonderful collection for themselves," said Ken Arnold, Head of Public Programmes at Wellcome Collection.

There will be games for children and grown-ups alike, including a giant Snakes and Ladders board knitted by ethical art knitters Prick Your Finger.

The Mayor of Camden will lead a dedication of the Poetry Tree Reading Space in Cumberland Market, while the Purple Poets will read poems inspired by objects from the Wellcome Collection permanent galleries and the recently opened 'Skin' exhibition.

Artist Lucy May Schofield will unveil copies of her handmade recipe book, inspired by historical recipes from the Wellcome Library and including contributions of treasured recipes from the local community.

Music will be provided by 'Radio Picnic' - a bicycle powered jukebox featuring all your favourite tunes. People will be invited to bring their own music to play or they can dedicate a track from the extensive collection.

There will also be performances throughout the day from local street dancers, Third Age English Country Dancing group, and West Euston Time Bank Line Dancing group.

Visitors are invited to bring food to eat and share, with plenty of opportunities throughout the day to earn food and other goodies.

This event is co-produced by the Wellcome Trust and West Euston Time Bank with contributions from the Third Age Project and artists' projects curated by General Public Agency.

Photographs from last year's event are available for download.