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Surgeons' Hall Museum Outreach Programme

4 March 2014

Outreach March 2014– April 2015

From March 2014, we will be working in partnership with Edinburgh University to tour two exhibitions which will come together as ‘Words and Deeds, Weapons and Wounding’. The University of Edinburgh’s exhibition ‘Words and Deeds: Women, Warfare and Caregiving’ explores the often neglected and understated story of women in warfare and was hosted at Surgeons’ Hall Museum during 2013. Subsequently, a new exhibition has been developed by Surgeons’ Hall Museum to be displayed in conjunction with the original exhibition.  ‘Weapons and Wounding’ will highlight the severity of injuries women in warfare would have dealt with, exploring the progression of weaponry and the ever increasing need for new medical and surgical techniques to cope with wounding in warfare.

The exhibition and associated activities are free of charge. Selected activities will be taking place at the venues listed below. Please contact the venue for more information and booking


  • Words and Deeds: Women, Warfare and Caregiving, with Ms Yvonne McEwen, The Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict The University of Edinburgh
  • The Remarkable Elsie Inglis and the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, with Mr Iain Macintyre, Surgeons’ Hall Museum, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Breaking the Mould, Three female surgeons, with Ms Chris Short, Surgeons’ Hall Museum, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Mary Seacole, forgotten hero?, with Ms Chris Short, Surgeons’ Hall Museum


  • Letters Home, working with postcards, re-cycled papers to make different book structures inspired by scrapbooks and photo albums belong to soldiers and nurses during World War One, with Susie Wilson and Emma Black
  • ‘Bandage the Tommy’ with Yvonne McEwen – learn some vital techniques of first aid with during this practical and entertaining  workshop
  • Medals, jewellery and identity with Maria Maclennan and Emma Black, a special art workshop exploring forensic design


March & April: Craigmillar Library -

May: Stockbridge Library -

June:  The Serenity Café -

August (1st – 10th) – Central Library -

August (11th – 7th September) St Giles Cathedral -,

September: 8th – 30th September, Napier University, Sighthill Campus – Tel 08452 60 60 40

November – Leith Library -

December 2014 – end of March 2015 – Kirkcaldy Museum -



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