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Tickets: £4. Lectures last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions.

Free entry plus guest to RCS fellows and members, free entry to RCS affiliates, medical students and Hunterian Society members (please call to reserve places). Free place for companions accompanying disabled visitors.

Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568 (NGT: 018001 020 7869 6568)

Live speech-to-text for deaf and hard of hearing visitors delivered by STAGETEXT.

 

Tuesday 16 February, 1pm
The Art of the Image: Leonardo da Vinci and medical imaging
Professor Peter Abrahams
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 the radiology departments across the world.

Download a speaker biopic and bibliography for this lecture

 

Tuesday 1 March, 1pm
Skeletons in the Closet: The Grant Museum
Jack Ashby
The Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London is among the country’s oldest natural history museums. Museum Manager Jack Ashby will tell its story - shining light on long periods of glory (its controversial founder Robert Grant introduced Darwin to evolution, and became the first to teach it at an English university), as well as some less glorious moments - a story that in many ways reflects the history of biological teaching.

Tuesday 5 April, 1pm
An Institutional Childhood: The Story of London’s Foundling Hospital
Alison Duke
Collections Manager at the Foundling Museum, Alison Duke explores the history of the Foundling Hospital from its origins in the mid-eighteenth century through to the present day. The talk will feature the stories of some of the 25,000 children who passed through its doors and look at the work of the inspirational artists who supported England’s oldest childcare charity and in doing so created London’s first public art gallery.

Tuesday 17 May, 1pm
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Edward Jenner
Professor Gareth Williams
Edward Jenner was a visionary and a polymath, but he was also disorganised and distractible and could easily have relaxed into the life of a country doctor. It was his 'dear man' and mentor, John Hunter, who kept alive Jenner's interest in science and pressured him into doing experiments. This raises a fascinating question: without Hunter, would Jenner have discovered vaccination?
This event has been generously supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


Tuesday 7 June, 1pm
Reframing disability: Hidden histories from the Royal College of Physicians
Emma Shepley
Royal College of Physicians senior curator Emma Shepley explores an extraordinary group of rare 17th-19th century portraits depicting disabled men and women from all walks of life, many of whom earned a living by exhibiting themselves in public. Some individuals, such as conjoined ‘Siamese’ twins Chang and Eng Bunker (1811–74) are still famous today. Others, like professional artist Thomas Inglefield (b1769), who was born without legs or hands, are now forgotten.

 

 

Tickets: £4. Lectures last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions.

Free entry plus guest to RCS fellows and members, free entry to RCS affiliates, medical students and Hunterian Society members (please call to reserve places). Free place for companions accompanying disabled visitors.

Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568 (NGT: 018001 020 7869 6568)

Live speech-to-text for deaf and hard of hearing visitors delivered by STAGETEXT.

If you have missed any of our previous lectures you can download and listen to audio recordings of many of them as well as written transcripts.