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Museum celebrates £7,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant as part of #HHA2017

5 May 2017

The Museum has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Stories, Stones and Bones grant, it was announced today. This exciting project, Soutra: Surgery and Superstition, in Edinburgh and led by Surgeons’ Hall Museums in collaboration with Dig It! 2017,  Mercat Tours and Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland, has been given £7,000 to lead a series of events inspired by the 12th century Soutra Aisle Medieval Hospital in the Scottish Borders. Soutra Aisle Monastic Hospital provided medical treatment and hospitality to local communities, travellers and pilgrims for the best part of 500 years and has direct links to Surgeons’ Hall Museums early medical collection. This project is part of Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Surgeons’ Hall Museums, home of one of the largest and most historic pathology collections in the UK, will be working collaboratively with its partner organisations to help communities explore key themes through the history and heritage of medieval Scotland. Events will be run with community groups that include storytelling and guided tours, arts workshops, music and theatre performances. Workshops on medieval herbal medicine and storytelling will take place, allowing local communities to engage with their local heritage but empower them to tell their story.

Commenting on the award, Chris Henry, Director of Heritage at Surgeons’ Hall Museums said: Soutra Aisle Medieval Hospital is one of Scotland’s unique medical  historical sites and I am delighted that Surgeons’ Hall Museums is working with so many partners in a collaborative project. We aim to explore medical history through art and culture and encouraging people to get involved in projects such as this, is one of the ways in which museums engage with communities outside their own space.  We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and our other partners for making this happen.
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