Facing the Past: WWI Plastic Surgery, exploring the BAPRAS archives
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) holds an incredible collection that documents the history of plastic surgery in Britain from the First World War to the modern age. It preserves surgical instruments, images and papers relating to the growth of this surgical specialty in the 20th Century.
As part of Explore Your Archive 2018 you will have the chance to see some of the objects from the BAPRAS Archives that record the pioneering work carried out in Britain in the wake of the First World War. Discover the outstanding skill and innovation of Sir Harold Gillies, his inspirations, the team that he built around him and the work carried out to reconstruct faces and lives. Chat to the archivists about the records and remarkable stories of those that survived the First World War, only to face their own very personal battles to restore their shattered lives.
This is a free drop-in event from 2-5pm at the Royal College of Surgeons, Nuffield Building.
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