War, Art and Surgery
To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Hunterian Museum is staging the exhibition War, Art and Surgery until 14 February 2015.
Qvist Gallery and Art Cases, Hunterian Museum. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Free
Visitors will have the rare opportunity to explore the relationship between war and surgery, past and present. With unprecedented access to military facilities, the artist Julia Midgley has created over 150 pieces of reportage artwork representing military surgeons in training and recently wounded soldiers on their road to recovery. Julia's work will be exhibited alongside all 72 of the College's striking pastels of wounded servicemen by surgeon-artist Henry Tonks from 1916-1918.
A War, Art and Surgery themed events programme will feature a two-day at the Hunterian Museum from 14-15 November.
Generously supported by Arts Council England, the Sir James Knott Trust, the Frances and Augustus Newman Foundation, Liverpool John Moores University and the Fellows and Members of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Surgeons at Work: The Art of the Operation
Tuesday 31st March –Saturday 27th June
Qvist Gallery, Hunterian Museum. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Free.
The link between surgery and art has long been recognised and many artists, including Henry Tonks and Barbara Hepworth, have found inspiration from observing the surgical world. This exhibition will feature representations of surgeons and surgery from the 16th to the 21st centuries taken from the museum and library collections of the Royal College of Surgeons. These book illustrations, prints, drawings and paintings convey technical information or provide a record of treatment. Many also attempt to capture the emotions and atmosphere of the theatre and reveal something of the relationship between the patient, surgeon and the operating team.
War, Art and Surgery: Work by Julia Midgley
Levy Cases, Inner Hall. Open Monday – Friday 9am–5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. Free.
A changing selection of 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 her work which can also be seen in in the main exhibition of War, Art and Surgery in the Hunterian Museum.
The exhibitions at the Hunterian will be complemented by themed activities and an accompanying book. Visit our War, Art and Surgery microsite for further information.
Surgeons, the Great War and the RCS
Ground Floor Corridor. Open Monday – Friday 9am–5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. Free
The Royal College of Surgeons holds in its collections a number of portraits of surgeons who served in the military, and to commemorate their contribution during the First World War six have been selected and are on display on the ground floor of the College.
All were knighted for their role in improving medical provision for the army; four served as Presidents of the RCS, and one as Dean of the FDS.
These are only six of the tens of thousands of medical officers, nurses, orderlies and stretcher bearers contributed to the life-saving work of the medical services during the Great War.
Large Levy Case, College entrance hall
Open until Autumn 2015, Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm
Models have been used in medical education for hundreds of years. Today, three-dimensional teaching aids still play a valuable role in surgical and anatomical training, alongside dissection and computer simulation. This display highlights innovations developed by museum staff at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. It also considers how models could benefit surgeons in the future.
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 across the year.
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.
Past Exhibitions and Displays
Find out more about all previous exhibitions in our Exhibitions archive »