Preview Display: War, Art and Surgery
Levy Cases, Inner Hall
Open Monday – Friday 9am–5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.
From 11 November 2013, four artworks by reportage artist Julia Midgley will be displayed in the foyer cases of the Royal College of Surgeons. They have been selected from over 150 works Midgley made over eighteen months observing military surgical training and rehabilitation at Headley Court, York, RCS and other sites. These examples will be exchanged every few months to demonstrate the diversity of this work.
The small display anticipates larger exhibitions of Midgley’s watercolours at the Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art gallery from June 2014, and in the Hunterian Museum displayed alongside Henry Tonks’ First World War pastels from October 2014.
The full exhibition at the Hunterian will be complemented by themed activities and an accompanying book. Visit our War, Art and Surgery landing page for further information.
Art Cases, Hunterian Museum
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm
The museum’s stored collections include specimens and images of extinct and endangered animals. This temporary exhibition will display the remains of prehistoric giants, such as the impressive woolly mammoth and the immense Megalodon shark, alongside creatures lost only a few decades ago, including the Tasmanian tiger. ‘Extinct’ raises questions about human interaction with the natural world and will also highlight the plight of critically endangered species.
Large Levy Case, College entrance hall
Open Monday – Friday 9am–5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm
'BIG; oversized treasures from the Odontological Collection' displays a selection of the largest animal skulls and jaws held within the varied museum collections. This temporary exhibition includes, among other objects, the cranium of a killer whale, the tusks of a hippopotamus and the skull of a black rhino. All of this material has been kept within the stores since the mid twentieth century.
Archive Facsimile Displays
The library and the archives of the College contain a wealth of material related both to surgery and more unusual subjects. A changing display of facsimile materials will reflect key national themes for 2013.
Poetry from the Collections
National Poetry Day will be celebrated on 3 October 2013. This facsimile display will reveal some of the unexpected poetry, good and bad, that can be found in the College’s collections of books and archives. John Hunter’s wife Anne left us a wealth of her well-received poetry while others wrote just to amuse friends and colleagues.
Trafalgar Day: Naval Surgery
The College and its predecessor, the Company of Surgeons, were responsible for examining surgeons before they could take a post on a ship. The College’s collections of archives and historical books therefore contain many items with a naval connection. This facsimile display will demonstrate this connection in recognition of Trafalgar Day.
Ground floor cases
Library displays can be seen Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm (call 020 7869 6555 before making a special visit).
Displays in the ground floor cabinets can be viewed Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Free to visit.
Find out more about all previous exhibitions in our Exhibitions archive »