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Special Events

Join us for special evening and weekend events at the Hunterian Museum to see the collections in a new light.

Saturday 30 January, 10am-5pm
Symposium: Anatomy Modelling
Covering the full scope of anatomical modelling across multiple materials and species, this study day offers the opportunity to learn more about the design, creation and use of anatomical models. Delegates will also have the opportunity to engage with makers and modellers to discover the creative process involved in the modern creation of anatomical models. Featuring speakers from across the heritage sector and a keynote by Dr Elizabeth Hallam; editor of the new RCS volume Designing Bodies: Models of Human Anatomy from Wax to Plastics.

Speakers: Dr Elizabeth Hallam (Aberdeen), Miranda Lowe (Natural History Museum), Dr Anna Maerker (Kings College London), Annette Townsend (National Museums Wales), Eleanor Crook (Sculptor), Clare Rangeley (Modeller).
Chairs: Dr Sam Alberti (RCS)

A programme and speaker abstracts and biographies are available to download.

Tickets £38/26 (concessions: students, RCS fellows, members & affiliates.) Includes all refreshments and delegates lunch. Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568.


Saturday 6 February, 10.30am-5pm
FULLY BOOKED - Sculpting Anatomy: One-day modelling class
Medical artist and sculptor Eleanor Crook will use the technique of wax modelling to teach participants to sculpt the musculature of the face over a plaster skull. The session will include an introduction to historical examples of anatomical wax modelling from museums, the ingredients and materials of historical wax models and the anatomy of the head and neck from photographs of real specimens as well as medical illustrations. Participants will be shown how to manipulate modelling wax into fine anatomical structures such as tendons, ligaments, muscles and other tissues.

(FULLY BOOKED) Tickets: £45/£35 concessions - available to RCS Fellows, Members and Affiliates, medical students.
Includes all materials and refreshments in the morning and afternoon (lunch is not provided).
Booking essential on 020 7869 6568.


Saturday 7 May, 9.00am-5.30pm
Symposium: People Powered Medicine
A one day public symposium investigating public participation in medicine and healthcare: 1800 to present.

The symposium will bring together historical and contemporary perspectives to look at the relationship between the medical profession and the public. It will explore challenges to professional boundaries throughout the period, how the doctor-patient relationship has changed and in what ways the public can contribute to matters of medicine, health and disease. This one day public event will be followed by a drinks reception at the College’s Hunterian Museum. It will be of interest to medical and healthcare practitioners, the public, historians and medical humanities scholars. The event is open to all.

This event has been generously supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

A draft programme is available to download - please note that this is subject to change.

Tickets £20/15 (concessions: students, RCS fellows, members, affiliates, those in receipt of jobseekers or disability benefits, Free place for companion accompanying a disabled delegate.
Ticket includes all refreshments, delegates’ lunch and a post-symposium reception and private view of the museum and the exhibition Vaccination: Medicine and the masses.  
Online booking via Eventbrite

Thursday 12 May, 6-9pm
Museums at Night: Vaccination - Yes or No?
Herd immunity or herd mentality? Make your own mind up at this late opening devoted to exploring the history of and changing attitudes to vaccination.

The British Society for the History of Science ‘Strolling Players’ will perform a specially commissioned work to inform and entertain. Medical Historian and author Dr Richard Barnett will look at the horrifyingly beautiful illustrations of infectious disease from his book The Sick Rose. View the exhibition Vaccination: Medicine and the Masses and discover the history of the British anti-vaccination movement through our archival displays.

This event has been generously supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Event suitable for adults and children aged 14 and over.
A pay-bar will be available on the night. Staff reserve the right to refuse service to anyone they consider to be underage.

Free but advance booking is required via Eventbrite