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Our Autumn Events Are Here!

2 September 2022
We're back with our new events programme.

We're very excited to announce that Lindsey Fitzharris will be joining us in October to discuss her new book "The Facemaker". We are also delighted to be hosting our latest book club with Paul Craddock, author of "Spare Parts". 

We have a range of workshops coming up including biomechanics workshop with Edinburgh Bike Fitting and a heart dissection workshop. We will also be hosting a talk looking at how bodies have been used to teach anatomy throughout history.

Full information can be found below. We hope to see you soon!


28thBiomechanics with Edinburgh Bike Fitting
Looking to understand more about the biomechanics of cycling and how you can optimize your position on the bike to train and race effectively? Well, join Edinburgh Bike Fitting at Surgeons' Hall Museum for an evening of bike fitting and biomechanical tips to help you optimize your cycling performance.


8th- Teaching: The Use Of Bodies In Anatomy

Take a walk through time as we learn about the history of anatomical studies and the importance of human bodies in teaching and discovery. We learn about the darker past of the cadaver, how the process has improved dramatically through time and some of the demands anatomists have in our present day.

18th- Museum Detectives

Join our learning team and become a real-life Sherlock Holmes with our Museum Detectives drop-in session. Get hands on and try out different techniques used by forensic investigators when they analyse the evidence left at a crime scene.

25th- Lindsey Fitzharris - The Facemaker Q&A

Join Lindsey Fitzharris, historian and award-winning author of The Butchering Art, as she presents the compelling, true story of a visionary surgeon who rebuilt the faces of the First World War’s injured heroes, and in the process ushered in the modern era of plastic surgery. In "The Facemaker", Lindsey Fitzharris tells the story of the pioneering plastic surgeon Harold Gillies. Referred to as the ‘grandfather of plastic surgery’ Gillies dedicated himself to restoring the faces - and the identities - of a brutalized generation. "The Facemaker" places Gillies's ingenious surgical innovations alongside the poignant stories of soldiers whose lives were wrecked and repaired. At this event Lindsey Fitzharris will discuss her latest book and will follow up with a question-and-answer session. There will be an opportunity to buy copies of the book to have them signed.


10th- Heart Dissection- Adult Workshop

This workshop is open to all over 18, and you don't need prior knowledge of medicine to try your hand at dissection. This workshop takes a hands-on look at the structure and function of the mammalian heart. Using a pig heart, participants will dissect out the path of the blood revealing the chambers and their associated vessels and valves. We will discuss the function of each intricate part of the heart and what happens when it goes wrong. The ticket includes access to the Museums, from 18:30 to 21:30 on the day of your workshop.

19th- Anatomical Drawing: Disease

This half-day drawing course, leading on from our previous session focusses on disease. The course is suitable for those with a range of artistic abilities and/or knowledge of human anatomy. Ideal for science inspired artists, those looking to progress into healthcare education; aspiring medics, dentists and high school students studying art or sciences. During the workshop you will be introduced to various specimens which have suffered disease. You will develop your observational and recording skills using pen and ink, graphite powder and pencil. Here we focus on accuracy whilst producing drawings in the style of both classical and medical artists of the past. Attendees will study and recreate some of the beautifully preserved specimens held at Surgeons’ Hall Museum.


1st- Surgeons' Hall Book Club: Spare Parts

Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of the Fellows Library, in the A Listed William Playfair building. The Museums second book club session will discuss 'Spare Parts' by Paul Craddock. We are fortunate to have Paul host the book club, alongside our Museum's Human Remains Conservator, Cat Irving, who will be discussing the book in relation to things in the museum. Expertly weaving together philosophy, science and cultural history, Spare Parts explores how transplant surgery has constantly tested the boundaries between human, animal, and machine. It shows us that the history -- and future -- of transplant surgery is tied up with questions not only about who we are, but also what we are, and what we might become


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