21st birthday party at WTCHG


The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics was founded in 1994, one of the first of a cluster of new biomedical research laboratories to be established on the Churchill Hospital site in Headington.

coconut shy

Launching a series of events and activities to celebrate its coming-of-age, on 29 June the Centre held a barbecue and fête for research, administrative and support staff and their families. In the sunshine researchers rolled up their sleeves to try the traditional fairground games such as hoopla and coconut shy, while cool jazz from trio Dave, Paul and Esther provided relaxation indoors.

cake cutting

Director Peter Donnelly cut the birthday cake: a magnificent creation in the shape of the Henry Wellcome Building for Genomic Medicine, the Centre’s purpose-built home since 1999.

Later in 2015 the Centre will be highlighting the key research achievements of the past 21 years, during which it has grown to accommodate more than 400 active researchers.