Earlier this year a petition on Change.org appeared demanding a sea burial for Charles Byrne, a 7 foot 7 inch man who lived in the eighteenth century, but whose body was snatched from his coffin and displayed as a medical marvel.
Dance company ‘Deaf Men Dancing’ and comedian Francesca Martinez present new works specially created as part of ‘Exceptional & Extraordinary’ project which combines the collections of medical museums with the work of performers and artists from the disability arts world. LET US TELL YOU A STORY Let Us Tell You A Story…is a new, highly […]
In this Hunterian Museum Lunchtime Lecture the Royal College of Physicians senior curator, Emma Shepley, delving into the depths of the Museum’s collections to look at the spectacularly rare 17th-19th century portraits of disabled men and women from many backgrounds, some of whom made a living through exhibiting themselves to the public. Some of the people depicted in the portraits remain famous […]
Edward Jenner is undisputedly best known for pioneering the smallpox vaccine but his disorganisation and the ease at which he became sidetracked is less discussed. Jenner could have easily relaxed into the gentile life of a country doctor if it weren’t for his ‘dear man’ and mentor, John Hunter. Hunter, from whose collection the Hunterian Museum originated, kept Jenner’s interest in science going […]
The Hunterian Museum has a fantastic number of human and non-human anatomical and pathological specimens in innumerable jars for your viewing pleasure that document the progression from the the 17th century through to modern day. Join them for a special day-long event that explores the relationship between the medical profession and the public it serves. Discover how the relationship between doctor […]
Continuing the Hunterian Museum’s Lunchtime Lecture series is this talk by Jack Ashby, Museum Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London. The Grant Museum is one of the country’s oldest and best stocked natural history museums. Jack will tell its eclectic history, discussing both the highs ( museum’s controversial founder Robert Grant […]
Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest anatomists ever to have lived. He personally dissected more than thirty human corpses to explore every aspect of anatomy and physiology, and recorded his findings in drawings of unparalleled beauty and lucidity. This talk will show his concepts as imaged today with the most up-to-date technology in […]