Skeleton in the Closet

Earlier this year a petition on 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.

Deaf Men Dancing and Francesca Martinez’s Wobbly Manifesto

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 […]

Reframing disability: Hidden histories from the Royal College of Physicians

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 […]

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Edward Jenner

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 […]

Symposium: People Powered Medicine

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 […]

Skeletons in the Closet: The Grant Museum

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 […]

The Art of the Image: Leonardo da Vinci and medical imaging

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 […]

Museums at Night 2012: Lancing the Surgeons

Hunterian Museum The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London Friday 18 May, 6-9pm If you’ve not been to the Hunterian museum before (or just haven’t been in a while), this is a chance to see the spookiest setting around in an even spookier light at the Hunterian Museum Lates tomorrow […]

Morbid Anatomy

Hunterian Museum The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London Permanent exhibition Is the collection at the Hunterian Museum a Twenty-First Century freak show? Visitors meander around a darkened room filled with illuminated glass jars from floor to ceiling. Pointed fingers and gasps of surprise and shock punctuate the silence. Inside […]