Exhibition: FLOP: 13 Stories of Failure

This exhibition runs from Mon, 21st Oct 2019 to Wed, 18th Mar 2020. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: Free of Charge

It's something no one wants to talk about, even though it happens to all of us at some point in our lives. Why is admitting to failure so difficult?

This exhibition shines a spotlight on the subject we’d all rather avoid, from ancient societies to modern day medicine.

Discover the gruesome blood-letting devices and poisonous pills endured by patients in the 19th century; a sword swallower’s oesophagus fatally punctured in an occupational accident (and the sword itself); and the lost Meroithic language, spoken in Sudan in the first millennium BC, which we are still unable to translate today.

Come and find out where it all went wrong – and what lessons we've learned along the way.


The Octagon Gallery is a public space under UCL's iconic dome and hosts a programme that highlights the university's interdisciplinary, collaborative and participatory research.

Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


The Octagon Gallery,

Wilkins Building, UCL,
Gower Street ,

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