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Learning at Surgeons' Hall Museums

The Surgeons’ Hall Museums Learning Team have developed an inclusive educational programme for a range of audiences including schools, colleges, universities, community groups, families and adult learners.


Our fascinating collections offer many opportunities to study cross circular links between art, science, history and English. We are always happy to try and arrange sessions that meet your learning needs and support the Curriculum for Excellence.  If you are looking for a session in addition to the ones listed below, please contact us to see if we can help.

Secondary school workshops

History of Medicine (45 minutes)

Students explore the exciting developments that have occurred in medicine over the last 500 years, including the discovery of anaesthetics and antiseptics.  Tasks include handling old surgical instruments, preparing for a modern operation and learning how to administer an anaesthetic.

The reality behind Fleshmarket (30 minutes)

Aimed at pupils reading the novel Fleshmarket, this workshop uses handling objects to learn the real story of Burke and Hare and 19th century surgery. 

Surgical Skills (45 minutes)

Experience life as a surgeon by trying out techniques used by the College to train surgeons.  Find out how to scrub up for theatre, give an anaesthetic and stitch up a patient.

Exploring Mutations (30 minutes)

Aimed at higher and advanced higher biology pupils, this workshop uses pathology samples to explore the effects of DNA mutations. 

Primary school workshops
Suitable for P5 +

Our Amazing Body (45 minutes)

Using hands on, fun activities children discover the fascinating functions of the human body, with a focus on digestion & the respiratory system.

Surgery in the past (45 minutes)

What was surgery like hundreds of years ago? Using handling objects discover what it would have been like to have an operation without any pain relief. Find out about some of the big breakthroughs that happened here in Scotland that led to modern day surgery. 


Further Education

We offer guided tours for colleges, universities & community groups and try to tailor these to your area of study/interest wherever possible.


Keep an eye on our events page for fun filled family learning events organised throughout the year.

Children’s University

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The museum is delighted to be a Learning Destination for the Children’s University Scheme.  Children can collect credit by participating in learning activities at the Museum.  For more information on the scheme, please visit the website here.

For more information about educational visits please email or contact 0131 527 1606
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