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New Temporary Exhibition Announced

Surgeons' Hall Museums are delighted to announce their new temporary exhibition 'A Design For Life'.The anatomy of other animals has long fascinated scientists. From ancient times, anatomists have dis… read more >>

Surgeons' Hall Museums to Host to a New Mothers' Assembly

Are you a new mum?   Would you like to take part in art sessions and join in a friendly social group to talk about the early stages of motherhood with other new mothers?   Surgeons' Hall Museum and a… read more >>

Surgeons' Hall Museums and RCSEd Library and Archives to participate in Rare Books Edinburgh Festival

Surgeons' Hall Museums and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's Library and Archives are proud to be participating in Rare Books Edinburgh. We will be hosting the following events as part of t… read more >>

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forthcoming talks, workshops and performances

Digital Event: Gray's Anatomy Final Page Proofs

Digital Event: Gray's Anatomy Final Page Proofs. For this year's Rare Books Edinburgh, The Royal College of Surgeon's of Edinburgh Library and Archive are hosting events to dissect the most famous student manual of human anatomy, Gray's Anatomy (originally published as Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical). In addition to a public lecture by historian Dr. Ruth Richardson, author of The Making of Mr Gray's Anatomy, we will be hosting a digital event to coincide with the recent launch of RCSEd Library and Archive's Digital Collection's website, where their historic collections are now available. Our digitised proofs of the first edition of Gray's Anatomy will be made available for the public for the first time. This unique manuscript was supplied to Henry Gray for approval before publication in 1858, and bears his edits throughout. We are sure this will prove fascinating not just to historians of anatomy and surgery or book publishing, but also those who are interested in the fraught relationship between Henry Gray and medical illustrator Henry Vandyke Carter, who produced the 360 meticulous illustrations to support Gray's text. To find out more, please do join us for Rare Books Edinburgh either online or in person.