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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 8 September, 1pm
Jamrach’s Exotic Menagerie: The Noah’s Ark of the East End
Elle Larsson
Building on the legacy of the menagerie owners and showmen of the 18th century, Jamrach’s menagerie was seen as ‘animal HQ’ and supplied its customers with all their animal needs, whether a pet, a scientific specimen, or the newest ‘star’ destined for the zoological gardens. This talk will focus on the history of exotic animal trade, paying particular attention to Charles Jamrach’s animal emporium and the insight it can offer into this curious industry.


Tuesday 6 October, 1pm
Past Caring: The History of Bethlem
Caroline Smith
'It was handed down to me by my father, and I do not know any better practice ...' So did Thomas Monro, superintendent physician, defend Bethlem's treatment of bleeding and purging when he was called before the parliamentary enquiry of 1815. Times and attitudes were changing however. From being a byword for chaos and disorder, Bethlem became much more forward looking, moving away from mechanical restraint and introducing a new treatment programme based on routine, occupation and an improved environment. Caroline Smith takes a look at the main features and changes in the hospital's long history of caring for the mentally ill.


Tuesday 24 November, 1pm
Wax Anatomies in the Medical Museum
Dr Sam Alberti
Deep in the basement of a Victorian hospital, artist Joseph Towne worked for fifty years crafting exquisite human bodies in wax, a medium with an uncanny resemblance to human flesh. These striking sculptures continue to inform and enlighten to this day, but many of his techniques died with him. As a prologue to the Designing Bodies exhibition, RCS Museums and Archives Director Sam Alberti explores Towne and his waxes in their historical context and compares them with other models in modern medical collections.

 

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.