A life story in pills

RNW archive

This article is part of the RNW archive. RNW is the former Radio Netherlands Worldwide or Wereldomroep, which was founded as the Dutch international public broadcaster in 1947. In 2011, the Dutch government decided to cut funding and shift RNW from the ministry of Education, Culture and Science to the ministry of Foreign Affairs. More information about RNW Media’s current activities can be found at https://www.rnw.org/about-rnw-media.

There’s no denying it. The older we get, the more medication we take. Whether it’s for aching joints, high blood pressure, the menopause or cancer. Prescribed or not, our pill intake increases with our age.


For the past few years, the British Museum has been exhibiting a 13-metre long blanket made up of the 14,000 pills, tablets, lozenges and capsules that the average person in Britain takes in their lifetime. It’s the chance to see the journey of someone’s life through the medication they take.

Dr Liz Lee, who collaborated on the Cradle to Grave project with two artists, joins host Marnie Chesterton in the studio.
Link - Wieg tot Graf: Cradle to Grave in the Netherlands
Taken from the latest edition of Earth Beat - Living Longer.
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