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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.

Wednesday 28 October, 2-5pm

‘Hands on’ with the London Museums of Health and Medicine

The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons hosts a drop-in event to celebrate medical collections around London.

Discover amazing objects from some of the medical museums of the London Museums of Health and Medicine network. Explore model body parts, medical and scientific instruments and diagnostic equipment. Examine rare books, try on antique spectacles or acquire some surgical skills with our interactive suturing activity.

Participating museums include Bethlem Museum of the Mind, British Red Cross Museum, British Optical Association Museum, Old Operating Theatre, Royal College of Physicians, Science Museum, Royal College of Nursing, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal London Hospital, Wellcome Collection and the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre.

Suitable for adults and families – all children must be accompanied.
Free drop-in event, no booking required.


Wednesday 28 October, 6-8pm

London Museums of Health and Medicine lecture: Finding Voices in the Medical Collection

For over a century medical museums have presented the history of clinical and scientific achievements, their collections celebrating the undeniable achievements of the heroes of modern medicine: Hunter, Jenner, Lister, Wellcome, Fleming. But what of their patients? What of the populations whose lives were impacted by vaccination, antisepsis and Penicillin? This lecture by RCS Museums and Archives Director Sam Alberti will review recent exhibitions and other artistic and historical projects that have interrogated medical collections to tell the patients’ stories.

Free but booking is essential on 020 7869 6568.

Events in association with the London Museums of Health and Medicine:

Friday 30 October, 6-9pm

Museums at Night: The Great Small World of John Quekett

Commemorating the bicentenary of the birth of Victorian Microscopist Professor John Quekett and 150 years since the founding of the club that bears his name; this special event will celebrate the wonders of the microscopic world through talks, demonstrations and art workshops.

Make and examine your own slide under a microscope and discover the sometimes surprising structures of everyday things seen up close. See original Victorian ‘Wow’ slides and recreate the beautiful designs and delicate patterns of traditional mounted slides with our drop-in art session. View original archive materials and discover the role that microscopes have played and continue to play in surgery.

Organised in collaboration with the Quekett Microscopical Club:

Free non-bookable event for adults and children aged 10 or over.

Thursday 19 November, 6.30-8.30pm

Being Human/Being Animal

Is being 'Human' so special? How much more do we have in common with animals?

Find out about the parasites that we share with animals; how 19th century doctors used animals to understand human health; people, animals and tuberculosis; cancer across species; and Ming the celebrity panda!

Historians from King’s College London and the Royal College of Surgeons will be located around the museum to talk about their research, using animal specimens and displays. Visitors will be able to walk around and ask them about the museum and their research.

This event is part of the national Being Human festival, delivered in collaboration with Kings College London.

Free event for adults and accompanied children aged 10 or over.

Book your free places on Eventbrite.