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

Wednesday 4 February, 7-9pm
War, Art and Surgery: Andrew Graham-Dixon on Henry Tonks
Art Historian Andrew Graham-Dixon examines Henry Tonks' remarkable watercolours documenting the facial injuries suffered by servicemen during the First World War. He examines them in the context of Harold Gillies’ early experiments in plastic surgery and considers them both as works of art and aids to surgery.
The Hunterian Museum will open for a ticketholders view of the exhibition ‘War, Art and Surgery’ from 6-7pm.
£7. Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568.
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.


Monday 9 February, 10am-5pm
Special Anniversary Opening
To celebrate 10 years since our 2005 refurbishment the Hunterian Museum will be open for one very special Monday with talks, special museums and archives displays and activities.
Free entry, no booking required.


Thursday 9 April, 6.30-9.30pm
Open Surgery: Behind the Scenes at the Royal College of Surgeons
Get behind the scenes of the surgical world and try your hand at some surgical skills. Test how steady your hands are on our minimal access surgical trainers and take part in suturing classes. See how the Royal College of Surgeons works with the training of current surgeons in our mock-operating theatre used to play out surgical scenarios. Discover the historical collections of surgical instruments in a late view of the museum and see the anatomical specimens that have educated generations of surgeons and anatomists past.
Entry to the museum view is free and does not require booking.
Tickets for the skills sessions are £7 - booking is essential on 020 7869 6568.
Free entry plus one guest to fellows and members, free to affiliates, medical students and Hunterian Society members (please call to reserve places). Free places for companions accompanying disabled people.



Tuesday 21 April, 7-9pm
Cutting Edge: Improving the future of surgery through research
Find out what the future holds for patients undergoing surgery in the next decade. Three current researchers will present the cutting edge work that they are doing to solve some of the health issues and complications that may affect us during our lives. Following their presentations you will have the opportunity to ask the surgeons where they see the nation’s wellbeing in the years to come.
The Hunterian Museum will be open on the night for a ticketholders view from 6-7pm
Free event but booking is essential on 020 7869 6568.


Saturday 6 June, 10.30am-4.30pm
Sculpting Anatomy: One-day modelling class

In this workshop sculptor Eleanor Crook will explain the gross anatomy of the head and neck by demonstrating the technique of wax modelling. The workshop will also include an introduction to historical examples from museums and actually sculpting the anatomy of the head and neck in wax.  How to manipulate different textures of wax into fine anatomical structures such as tendons, veins and skin will also be covered.
Booking will open in March via ‘eventbrite’
Tickets: £35/£17 concession price - available to RCS Fellows, Members and Affiliates, students, Senior Citizens and the registered disabled.
Includes all materials and refreshments in the morning and afternoon (lunch is not provided).
Free places are available for healthcare practitioners from Kings Health Partners as well as for companions accompanying disabled people.

This event is one of a series of workshops which take a look at the ways arts can be used to enhance healthcare and support healthcare professionals. The Open Programme is part of the collaboration between Clod Ensemble’s Performing Medicine project and the SAIL Centre at Guy’s and St. Thomas Hospital.