Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons

Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons
Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London
Greater London
WC2A 3PE
England

Website

General information

www.hunterianmuseum.org

E-mail

Information and bookings

museums@rcseng.ac.uk

Telephone

Information and bookings

020 7869 6560

Textphone/Typetalk users

18001 020 7869 6560

Fax

Museum office

020 7869 6564

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Displays at the Hutnerian Museum contain anatomical spcimines, many of which were prepared by the museum's founder - John Hunter - 200 years ago!
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The Hunterian Museum collections, brought together over four centuries by a cast of colourful characters including John Hunter (1728-1793), are a fascinating mix of comparative anatomy and pathology specimens; complete skeletons, bones, skulls and teeth; dried preparations, corrosion casts and wax teaching models; historical surgical and dental instruments together with modern surgical instruments and technologies; as well as paintings, drawings and sculpture.

The Hunterian Museum has undergone a £3.2 million refurbishment to create a publicly accessible museum that encourages visitors to explore the scientific, cultural and historical importance of the museum collections. The new Hunterian Museum enables visitors to share the wealth of material that has been a source of inspiration to surgeons, scientists and artists for over two hundred years. Come and be inspired!

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

The Hunterian Museum is open Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00 Admission is free and the museum is open to all.

All groups must book in advance.
Admission is free. A donation of £3 per person is encouraged.

Closed: Sun-Mon, Bank Holidays, Good Friday, Easter weekend, 24 Dec 2010 to 4 Jan 2011 inclusive.

Admission charges

Admission is free (donation are welcomed)

Getting there

By tube: Holborn and Temple are our nearest stations

By train: The museum is not far from several mainline stations including Euston, Charing Cross and Waterloo

By bus: any route via Aldwych or High Holborn runs close to the museum, includes:
1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 23, 25, 26, 38, 55, 76, 98, 139, 172, 176, 242, 341

By cycle: there is a pick-up and drop off point for London's hired bikes behind the college on Portugal Street.

By road: London's congestion charges operate Mon-Fri 07:00-18:00.
The College is centrally located between, Fleet Street, High Holborn and Kingsway. Coaches can pick up and drop off immediately outside the museum.
Parking in Lincoln's Inn Fields is metered, more reasonable parking is at the NCP in Bloomsbury Square.
Disabled parking on site can be arranged by calling 020 7869 6400.

Additional info

Further information for disabled visitors

Access to the museum is via the two College entrances:

The main College entrance:
This entrance has six shallow steps up to the doors. There is an automatic door which opens sideways. The reception desk has a portable induction loop. Reception staff are happy to help with any access needs.

The Nuffield College of Surgical Sciences entrance:
This entrance is for visitors who are wheelchair users, have mobility problems or are unable to use steps. Entry is provided via an external access lift. Please use the call button in the lift and a porter will provide entry into the building.

There is level access throughout the museum spaces. The upper galleries can be reached by using a platform lift within the museum. Our staff are happy to provide assistance if you require it, please ask.
Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other assistance dogs are welcome in the Museum.
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor of the main College building and two accessible toilets on the fourth floor of the main College building.

Disabled parking on site can be booked by calling 020 7869 6400

The Hunterian Collection is a Designated Collection of national importance.

At the heart of the Hunterian Museum is an astonishing 18th century medical collection. It is the legacy of the anatomist and surgeon John Hunter FRS (1728-1793), who built up an extensive museum which he used for teaching and for research on topics as diverse as the transplantation of teeth and the breeding of bees.

The collection reflects Hunter's wide-ranging network of correspondents, students and patrons - including Joseph Banks, Edward Jenner and Queen Charlotte - and contains paintings by artists such as George Stubbs and Benjamin West. After Hunter's death his collection was given to The Royal College of Surgeons, where over 3,500 Hunterian preparations are still displayed alongside many more gathered over the course of the last two centuries.

Collection details

Natural Sciences, Medicine, Fine Art, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Joshua Reynolds 1723-1792
  • George Stubbs 1724-1806
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Exhibition: War, Art and Surgery

  • 14 October 2014 — 14 February 2015

With unprecedented access to military facilities, the artist Julia Midgley has created over 150 pieces of reportage artwork representing military surgeons in training and recently wounded soldiers on their road to recovery. Julia's work will be exhibited alongside all 72 of the College's striking pastels of wounded servicemen by surgeon-artist Henry Tonks from 1916-1918.

Generously supported by Arts Council England, the Sir James Knott Trust, the Frances and Augustus Newman Foundation, Liverpool John Moores University and the Fellows and Members of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
More details can be found on the website: www.rcseng.ac.uk/war-art-and-surgery

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/war-art-and-surgery

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Portrait of Andreas Vesalius, half length to left, line engraving, clipped impression, by J. Wandelaar, early 18th century.

Lunchtime lecture - Vesalius: 500 years on

  • 16 September 2014 1-2pm

Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) is the most famous of all anatomists. In his On the fabric of the human body, Basle, 1543, he attacked his great Greek predecessor, Galen, for basing his influential anatomical theories on animal dissection and demanded that future descriptions of the human body should be based on human dissection. His ideas were quickly adopted, although not without some justified protests at his lack of respect for his teachers. His revolutionary ideas were supported by remarkable illustrations of a size and quality previously unknown. This talk will introduce the man and his work in the light of recent discoveries.

Live speech-to-text for deaf and hard of hearing visitors delivered by STAGETEXT.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Admission

Tickets: £4. Lectures last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions.
Free entry plus guest to RCS fellows and members, free entry to RCS affiliates, medical students and Hunterian Society members (please call to reserve places). Free place for companions accompanying disabled visitors.
Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568 (text relay: 018001 020 7869 6560)

Website

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/events/lunchtime-lectures-and-evening-talks

Image from Gray's Anatomy

The Bone Ship: Poetry and Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons

  • 15 October 2014 7-9pm

This event is part of Through the Door, a unique collaborative project which has placed leading UK poets into London Archives, commissioning brand new poetry and celebrating the wealth of stories and heritage which these fascinating archives have to offer.

Multi-award-winning poet and residency frontiersman Mario Petrucci highlights the inherent strangeness and beauty, even in pathology, of the astonishing vessel that bears us through life. This reading presents his provocative yet poignant surgical poems, dealing with subjects as diverse as facial reconstruction in WWI, grave robbers and the near-surrealism of anatomical experiments. Both memorable and potent, Petrucci's sometimes unexpected vision of surgery never loses touch with its essential humanity.

The evening includes an enlightening talk, from the College’s Archivist, regarding the extent and value of the archive holdings.

“Petrucci has a snappy metaphor for every body part… a brilliant strangeness.” Poetry London

The Hunterian Museum will open for a ticketholders late view from 6-7pm.
Running time approximately 90 minutes with no interval.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

This event is free but ticketed. Please book online: http://mariopetruccittd.eventbrite.co.uk

Website

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/events/special-events

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Rebuilding Lives: Military surgery and rehabilitation

  • 21 October 2014 7-9pm

As medical intervention in military combat improves, the number of service men and women surviving devastating incidents with severe ‘life-changing injuries’ increases. The work to rebuild shattered bodies and lives continues from the war zone through to specialist treatment centres in the UK. In this event, speakers representing the initial surgical response, reconstructive plastic surgery and the patient’s own view will speak about their experiences. Following their presentations there will be the opportunity to ask questions to the panel.

The Hunterian Museum will open for a ticketholders view of the exhibition ‘War, Art and Surgery’ from 6-7pm.

This event has been generously supported by the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free but booking is essential on 020 7869 6568 (text relay: 018001 020 7869 6560)

Website

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/events/special-events

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Lunchtime lecture - Between the Lines: drawings of military medicine past and present

  • 28 October 2014 1-2pm

With unprecedented access to military medical facilities including the A.M.S. Training Centre, Strensall Camp, D.M.R.C. Headley Court and TMW Brize Norton; artist Julia Midgley has created over 150 reportage sketches showing military surgeons in training and the rehabilitation of servicemen and women after surgery.
Julia will look at examples of the work of official War Artists from the First and Second World Wars as well as reportage artists who have focused on medicine, military and civilian, from 20th – 21st Century. It will then focus on her “War Art & Surgery” drawings featured in the current exhibition, describing the experience of working with recovering service personnel as well as the drawing process.

Live speech-to-text for deaf and hard of hearing visitors delivered by STAGETEXT.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets: £4. Lectures last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions.
Free entry plus guest to RCS fellows and members, free entry to RCS affiliates, medical students and Hunterian Society members (please call to reserve places). Free place for companions accompanying disabled visitors.
Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568 (text relay: 018001 020 7869 6560)

Website

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/events/lunchtime-lectures-and-evening-talks

Sterilising box with handles and pull out tray, spirit lamp and stand, nickel plated, in plastic wallet.

Lunchtime lecture - Medical Innovations: Blood and Bacteria

  • 4 November 2014 1-2pm

Before the First World War we had limited understanding of how to collect and store blood, complete a successful blood transfusion or fight infection. However, as a result of research before and during the war, there were exciting medical innovations in pathology which revolutionised both military and civilian medicine. Join MOD pathologists Dr Heidi Doughty and Dr Emma Hutley as they discuss the challenges and innovations of frontline medicine, both past and present.

Live speech-to-text for deaf and hard of hearing visitors delivered by STAGETEXT.
Event in association with the Royal College of Pathologists www.rcpath.org

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Admission

£4. Lectures last approximately 45 mins plus time for questions.
Free entry plus guest to RCS fellows and members, free entry to RCS affiliates, medical students and Hunterian Society members (please call to reserve places). Free place for companions accompanying disabled visitors. Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568 (text relay: 018001 020 7869 6560)

Website

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/events/lunchtime-lectures-and-evening-talks

photograph of impromptu band at the Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham

From Hunter to Helmand: Military Medicine Then and Now

  • 14 November 2014 9:30am-5:30pm
  • 15 November 2014 9:30am-5pm

Bringing together medical and military history experts, as well as current serving military medical staff, this event will span the development of military medicine from the time of John Hunter in the 18th century through to current campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. Crimea, the Napoleonic era, both World Wars and the Falklands will all be covered, as will key topics such as military nursing, naval surgery and military psychiatry.

Delegates can choose to attend one or both days. Tickets include refreshments and delegates lunch. Call 020 7869 6568 to book places.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£50.00 per day
£20.00 per day Concessionary* (MRCS, FRCS, RCS Affiliates, students, retired and serving or retired military.)

Website

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/war-art-and-surgery/conference-from-hunter-to-helmand/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

GCSE Medicine Through Time Workshop

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/learning-and-access/running-your-own-medicine-through-time-workshop

Working in small groups the students will use original objects from the museum and College library’s handling collections, library and archive source materials together with the objects and specimens on display in the museum to create a personalised tour that focuses on a particular element in the development of surgery, medicine and healthcare.
Class size: 30
Dates and times for these sessions can be found on our website http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/learning-and-access/

A template for a self-guided version of the workshop is also available to download.

How to obtain

Booking and further information: call 020 7869 6566
Sessions are free but voluntary contributions of £3 per student are suggested.

'A cutting edge career' - surgical skills workshops for Year 11-13 students

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/learning-and-access

Do your students want to go to medical school?
Are they in the process of applying and need something extra for their personal statements?
Would they benefit from some tips for the interview?
You can combine a visit to the museum with an opportunity for your students to learn some basic surgical skills and the chance to find out more about a career in medicine and surgery from medical students, junior doctors and working surgeons.
Maximum numbers: 10-20
More information and dates for sessions can be found on our website.

How to obtain

Booking and further information: call 020 7869 6566
Cost: session is offered free but a voluntary contribution of £3 per student is suggested

Getting there

By tube: Holborn and Temple are our nearest stations

By train: The museum is not far from several mainline stations including Euston, Charing Cross and Waterloo

By bus: any route via Aldwych or High Holborn runs close to the museum, includes:
1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 23, 25, 26, 38, 55, 76, 98, 139, 172, 176, 242, 341

By cycle: there is a pick-up and drop off point for London's hired bikes behind the college on Portugal Street.

By road: London's congestion charges operate Mon-Fri 07:00-18:00.
The College is centrally located between, Fleet Street, High Holborn and Kingsway. Coaches can pick up and drop off immediately outside the museum.
Parking in Lincoln's Inn Fields is metered, more reasonable parking is at the NCP in Bloomsbury Square.
Disabled parking on site can be arranged by calling 020 7869 6400.

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