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Events programme announced for HLF Funded Soutra-Surgery & Superstition

11 September 2017

Surgeons’ Hall Museums today is delighted to announce its calendar of events for the Heritage Lottery Funded project Soutra: Surgery & Superstition. This project is part of a £7,000 HLF Stories, Stones and Bones grant that the museum received in May this year. Throughout October the Museums will host a series of different events working collaboratively with Dig It! 2017,  Mercat Tours and Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland

On October 4th, Human Remains Conservator, Cat Irving, will host an intimate #TwoPoundTalk on disease in the Middle Ages. Tickets are available from here

On October 14th, Borders based storyteller and artist Mary Kenny will host a participatory workshop where attendees will be able to develop their own storytelling skills and talents. Tickets are available from here

On October 17th & 18th the Museums Learning Team will host their very first Medieval Elixir workshop for children, where parents and kids will get the chance to try their hand at apothecary and make their own elixir to take home with them. Tickets are available from here.

On October 19th, we are delighted to host Dr Brian Moffat for special lecture on the Soutra Aisle Monastic Hospital, a project Dr Moffat has been leading since the mid 1980’s. Tickets are available from here.

To close our exciting month of Soutra focused events, we are delighted to be showcasing A Cabaret of Pestilence, a multi-disciplinary showcase event, which features as part of the Museums at Night weekend and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, on the 27th, 28th & 29th October. On a guided tour through the streets of Edinburgh, ticket holders will be entertained by professional tour guides, storytellers, actors, a gospel choir and a community participants before finishing up at Surgeons’ Hall Museums for evening access to the Museums & special activities until 10pm. Tickets are available here.

Chris Henry, Director of Heritage at Surgeons’ Hall Museums said “Soutra: Surgery & Superstition is a unique opportunity for an institution like ours to link up with organisations carrying out research in related areas of medical history. Our range of storytelling, music and theatrical events demonstrates our commitment to interpreting history in new and exciting ways. We are very pleased to be a part of this”.

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