Centre of the Cell

A museum gallery with low lighting in red and blue and a large sphere in the centre representing the nucleus of a cell
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Centre of the Cell is a science education centre based at the Whitechapel Campus of Queen Mary, University of London. It is the first science education centre in the world to be located within working biomedical research laboratories.

Centre of the Cell is located inside our distinctive orange ‘Pod’ suspended above biomedical research laboratories, so visitors will be able to see research scientists at work as they enter the centre. Once inside, visitors will learn about the amazing world of cells, the human body and the latest medical research.

Centre of the Cell recently won the 2010 Museums & Heritage Excellence Award for Best UK Educational Initiative.

Venue Type:

Science centre

Opening hours

Check online for our family events: https://www.centreofthecell.org/events/

Admission charges

£7 (adults); £5 (concs); £5 (children); Free (Under 3s)

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WW1 Whitechapel Medical Marvels Trail

WW1 Whitechapel Medical Marvels trail


Explore the WW1 medical history of Whitechapel with this trail. Try your hand at finding facts, completing quizzes and drawing your ideas to discover Whitechapel’s wartime history and win a Centre of the Cell goody bag.

This trail was created by a team of young people aged 14-18 to share their research into WW1 local medical history. They have delved into the Royal London Hospital Museum and Archives and the Science Museum Archives and conducted field studies to bring you a trail that explores key locations, people and medical innovations that have shaped the Whitechapel we know today.


  • Centre of the Cell

How to obtain

Download from the Centre of the Cell website or pick up a free copy from the Centre of the Cell, Royal London Hospital Museum or Whitechapel Idea Store, Whitechapel London.

Centre of the Cell
4 Newark Street
Greater London
E1 2AT






0207 882 2562

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