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The Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret

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Newsletter - February 2007


 

NEWS

VICTORIAN SURGERY

A programme of events has been arranged for Spring 2007, including special events for Science Week, and theatre performances throughout April. Full details can be found on the Events page.

OOT REDUX 50 LECTURES :

1801-2 LECTURES AT GUY'S & ST THOMAS' HOSPITALS

In Summer 2007, the Museum will be holding a commemorative programme of lectures to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the rediscovery of the Operating Theatre in the attic of the Church of St Thomas The Apostle. Based on the 1801 lecture programme for the United Hospitals, special guest lecturers will deliver talks on a fascinating variety of medical subjects, from Surgery to Physiology. Events will be open to members of the public, with further details available in Spring 2007 on the Redux Events Page.

 

MUSEUM COLLECTION

The museum recently received the loan of several specimens from the Gordon Museum of Anatomy at Guy's Hospital, including a tapeworm. The collection was further added to with the purchase of two new amputation saws and a Dragon's Blood jar.


SHELLEY WILSON :
JOINT ACCOUNT

Sculptor Shelley Wilson displays a new project, "Joint Account", in the Old Operating Theatre Museum throughout March 2007. Inspired by conjoined twins, Wilson’s eerie wax sculptures suggest this condition is a metaphor for the complicated divisions of life, recalling the traditional anatomical waxes of such 19th Century sculptors as Joseph Towne. Click here to visit Shelley Wilson's website.

 

STAFFING

Education Officer, Leonie Hannan, sadly left the museum after two years of service. The museum would like to thank her for her valuable contributions to its Education Programme. She was replaced by Katie Edwards.

A BLOODLESS FIELD :
MEDICAL DRAMAS

A programme of new plays and medically-inspired events will be performed at The Old Operating Theatre from 10th - 28th April. These include an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, The Bodysnatcher, a new play The Gift, and a series of debates, bringing together artists, doctors and medical writers. Created by Metal & Bone Productions, in collaboration with Southwark Playhouse and the Old Operating Theatre Museum, the project has been created with the help of working surgeons at St Mary's Hospital. A full programme will be published soon on the Events page.

 

GRANTS

The museum recently received a conservation grant from MLA London, for provision of environmental monitoring equipment.

 

The Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret,
9a St Thomas' Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9RY.
Tel: 020 7188 2679 Email: curator@thegarret.org.uk Website: www.thegarret.org.uk

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