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

Wednesday 15 October, 7-9pm
The Bone Ship: Poetry and Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons
Mario Petrucci
Poet in the City and Archives for London present a special event exploring poetry from within the archives at the Royal College of Surgeons.  This event is part of Through the Door, a unique collaborative project which has placed leading UK poets into London Archives, commissioning brand new poetry and celebrating the wealth of stories and heritage which these fascinating archives have to offer.

Multi-award-winning poet and residency frontiersman Mario Petrucci highlights the inherent strangeness and beauty, even in pathology, of the astonishing vessel that bears us through life. This reading presents his provocative yet poignant surgical poems, dealing with subjects as diverse as facial reconstruction in WWI, grave robbers and the near-surrealism of anatomical experiments.  Both memorable and potent, Petrucci's sometimes unexpected vision of surgery never loses touch with its essential humanity.

The evening includes an enlightening talk, from the College’s Archivist, regarding the extent and value of the archive holdings.

“Petrucci has a snappy metaphor for every body part… a brilliant strangeness.”        Poetry London

The Hunterian Museum will open for a ticketholders late view from 6-7pm.
This event is free but ticketed. Please book online: http://mariopetruccittd.eventbrite.co.uk
Running time approximately 90 minutes with no interval.

Event in association with Poet in the City and the Archives for London ‘Through the Door’ project.


Tuesday 21 October, 7-9pm
Rebuilding Lives: Military Surgery and Rehabilitation
As medical intervention in military combat improves, the number of service men and women surviving devastating incidents with severe ‘life-changing injuries’ increases. The work to rebuild shattered bodies and lives continues from the war zone through to specialist treatment centres in the UK. In this event, speakers representing the initial surgical response, reconstructive plastic surgery and the patient’s own view will speak about their experiences. Following their presentations there will be the opportunity to ask questions to the panel.

Speakers: Colour Sergeant Paul Barrett, Royal Marines; Lieutenant Colonel Douglas M Bowley, MBBS FRCS (Gen Surg) RAMC; Miss Alexandra Crick & Mr Roderick Dunn MBBS DMCC FRCS (Plast).

Chair: Col. Alan Kay RAMC

The Hunterian Museum will open for a ticketholders view of the exhibition ‘War, Art and Surgery’ from 6-7pm.

Free but booking is essential on 020 7869 6568 (text relay: 018001 020 7869 6560)
This event has been generously supported by the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).


Friday 14 November, 09.30-17.30
Saturday 15 November, 09.30-17.00
‘From Hunter to Helmand: Military medicine then and now’
This two-day conference will cover the advances in military medicine over a period of 250 years.
Bringing together medical and military history experts, as well as current serving military medical staff, this event will span the development of military medicine from the time of John Hunter in the 18th century through to current campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. Crimea, the Napoleonic era, both World Wars and the Falklands will all be covered, as will key topics such as military nursing, naval surgery and military psychiatry:

This event is part of our War, Art and Surgery exhibition and events season, visit our dedicated microsite to find out more

A programme and speaker abstracts are available to download

£50 per day
£20 per day Concessionary*
(MRCS, FRCS, RCS Affiliates, students, retired and serving or retired military.)
Delegates can choose to attend one or both days. Tickets include refreshments and delegates lunch. Call 020 7869 6568 to book places.

*This conference has been generously supported by the Wellcome Trust's small grants scheme, and subsidised places for students, serving military personnel and the retired are available.