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War, Art and Surgery: The art of Henry Tonks and Julia Midgley

War, Art and Surgery: Work by Julia Midgley

14 October 2014 - 14 February 2015

A changing selection of artworks by reportage artist Julia Midgley displayed in the foyer cases of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS). They were 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. 


Surgeons, the Great War and the RCS

The RCS 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 Faculty of Dental Surgery.

These are only six of the tens of thousands of medical officers, nurses, orderlies and stretcher bearers who contributed to the life-saving work of the medical services during the Great War.

Exhibitions and Displays

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 from 14 October 2014 - 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.

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.

A themed events programme of talks and activities is listed online, and a fully illustrated book to accompany the exhibition will be available to purchase in the museum shop or online.

Ground Floor and Inner Hall Displays

War, Art and Surgery: Works by Julia Midgley

Levy Cases, Inner Hall and Art Cases, Hunterian Museum

Open Monday – Friday 9am–5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. Free

A changing selection of 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 which can also be seen in the main War, Art and Surgery exhibition in the Hunterian Museum.


Surgeons, the Great War and the RCS

Ground Floor

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.

Conference: From Hunter to Helmand

From Hunter to Helmand: Military medicine then and now

14 - 15 November 2014

A two-day conference covering 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 spanned 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 were covered, as well as key topics such as military nursing, naval surgery and military psychiatry.

Speaker abstracts and biographies are available to download.

The conference was audio recorded and is available to listen to on our website. (Regrettably because of image copyright issues, we are unable to show the presentations alongside the recordings.)

*This conference was generously supported by the Wellcome Trust's small grants scheme.

Accompanying Book

War, Art and Surgery: The work of Henry Tonks & Julia Midgley

Written to coincide with the War, Art and Surgery exhibitions, this accompanying book will provide the first full illustrated catalogue of the Royal College of Surgeons collection of works by Tonks and artwork created by Midgley for the exhibition - with short essays and testimonies from personnel involved.

Ed. Samuel J.M.M. Alberti (London: Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2014).

This publication has been generously supported by Mr Frank Cockett FRCS and Mrs Dorothea Cockett MBE.

Now available to purchase in the museum shop.

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