University of Edinburgh, Anatomy Museum

University of Edinburgh, Anatomy Museum
Department of Anatomy
University Medical School
Teviot Place
Edinburgh
Lothian
EH8 9AG
Scotland

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Website

www.anatomy.mvm.ed.ac.uk/museum/index.php

E-mail

mvm@ed.ac.uk

Telephone

0131 242 9300

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The Anatomical Museum, founded and developed by the Monro dynasty, flourished under Sir William Turner, Professor of Anatomy from 1867 to 1903, and Principal of the University from 1903 to 1917. Turner had broad interests in evolution and comparative anatomy and built up the impressive collections displayed.

The splendid museum hall was at the heart of the new Medical School designed by the architect Robert Rowand Anderson. It opened with great ceremony in 1884.

In the 1950s, the three storey museum hall was reduced to a single upper storey which still survives as museum.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

OPen days throughout the year. Please see museum website for more details

Admission charges

Free, donations welcome.

Collection details

Natural Sciences, Medicine

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.
Steampunk top hat with goggles attached

Steampunk: Salvaged Jewellery Workshop

  • 15 May 2015 6-7:30pm

Drawing inspiration from Victorian culture and technology, Steampunk is a growing trend in fashion, art, and music - Steampunk is moving into the mainstream. Join us for a workshop on the history of this cultural phenomenon presented by PhD student Shannon Rollins, resident Steampunk expert, and create your own Steampunk inspired fashion accessory.

This is a BYOB event, so bring your favourite tipple and let your creativity flow.

Suitable for

Admission

£5 (to cover material costs). Tickets will be available from 20th April.

Website

https://onelastfright.wordpress.com/

Black and white photo of Edinburgh at night

Capturing the Dark Side: Photography with Dark Edinburgh

  • 15 May 2015 8-9:30pm

Come and join us for a talk on how to create stunning images in Edinburgh given by the man behind Dark Edinburgh photography. The talk will be followed by the chance for a small group to attend a short practical workshop and walking tour (weather dependent). We'll round off the evening in a 'dark' Edinburgh pub.

Find out more about Dark Edinburgh at www.darkedinburgh.co.uk

Suitable for

Admission

The talk is free but tickets for the workshop are £5. Tickets for both need to be booked online and will be available from 20th April.

Website

https://onelastfright.wordpress.com/

Reglar's poisin

What's Your Poison?

  • 15 May 2015 1:30-2:30pm

Arsenic, asbestos, mercury, and lead - today we know these substances are dangerous, even deadly, but throughout history poisonous and fatal materials have been used in very surprising places.
From poisonous make-up, deadly dyes, and maddening materials, our experts will explore these dangerous substances from their origins in nature to their uses throughout history and today. Examples of these materials will be on display from the Geology Collection of the University of Edinburgh.

Suitable for

Admission

Tickets will be available from 20th April.

Website

https://onelastfright.wordpress.com/

Skeleton

Burke's Blood - an unexpected discovery

  • 15 May 2015 3-4pm

A tour through some of our rare book collections relating to the dark side of Edinburgh. Come along to see books and materials connected to Conan Doyle and a petition from the medical students demanding more bodies for dissection just at the time Burke and Hare were supplying them... Also the first chance to see a surprise discovery of a letter written in Burke's blood.

Suitable for

Admission

Tickets will be available from 20th April.

Website

https://onelastfright.wordpress.com/

Festival of Museums

When things reappear: reanimating "dead" objects through performance

  • 16 May 2015 4:30-6:30pm

Taking inspiration from material unearthed from our 'dark' archives, this improvisational drama workshop will be exploring the experience of immersing ourselves in archival records to recreate stories and bring characters back to life.

Suitable for

Admission

Tickets will be available from 20th April

Website

https://onelastfright.wordpress.com/

Thomson-Walker illustration

This may hurt... Medical Procedures from the Thompson Walker Collection

  • 16 May 2015 1-2pm

At this talk, we'll take a look at some medical procedures depicted in the Thomson-Walker Collection that'll make your toes curl, your hair stand on end and your skin crawl. Though it might not be wise to tell these medical pioneers of your ailments; who knows what they'll prescribe!

The Thomson-Walker Collection, part of the University of Edinburgh Art Collection, was amassed by Sir John William Thomson-Walker (1871-1937) a surgeon and print-collector from Newport in Fife. This collection of engraved portraits of medical men is one of the largest of its type in Scotland, comprising over 2,500 items. Along with portraiture, depictions of some 'interesting' medical procedures are included. So, sit back, relax and count your lucky stars that you live in the 21st Century!

Suitable for

Admission

Tickets will be available online from 20th April.

Website

https://onelastfright.wordpress.com/

Rachel Hill linoprint

Printed Interiors: Practical Printmaking Workshop

  • 16 May 2015 2-4pm

Learn everything you need to know to create your own original artwork in this introductory workshop on lino printing, run by ECA Illustration graduate Rachel Hill. The class will take inspiration from the University's Anatomy Collection and attendees will be taught the basics of printmaking. All materials will be provided, but we advise that old clothes/aprons are worn.
This is a one-off chance to work with an award-winning illustrator! See more of Rachel's work here: http://cargocollective.com/RACHELHILL

Suitable for

Admission

£5. Tickets will be available from 20th April.

Website

https://onelastfright.wordpress.com/

Skull

Burke's Bones and Other Curiosities from the Anatomy Collections

  • 16 May 2015 2-4pm

For those who bask in the bizarre, why not come along to this revealing talk about the University's Anatomy Collection? From death masks of notable figures to a notebook with a cover that will make you feel just a little queasy, get a glimpse of some of the collection's wealth of artefacts and oddities.

Suitable for

Website

https://onelastfright.wordpress.com/

1940s nurse looking into medicine bottle

Bumps in the Night: Edinburgh blackout injuries in WWII

  • 17 May 2015 1-2pm

Far from the front line, the enforced blackout during WWII was causing all sorts of problems on the home front. Lothian Health Services archivist has uncovered some surprising stories of just some of the injuries caused by these ‘bumps in the night’.

Suitable for

Admission

Tickets will be available online from 20th April.

Website

https://onelastfright.wordpress.com/

Musical instruments made of human bones

Music, Murder and Mayhem: an afternoon of macabre music

  • 17 May 2015 2-4pm

Atishoo, atishoo, we all fall down!' This fun nursery rhyme often associated with the Great Plague, is not the only song with a dark theme. Our three knowledgable musos will be diving into the moody and mysterious aspects of our musical past and present, from murderous ballads to soul-wrenching contemporary compositions. And they won't just be uncovering our murky past in song. Take a closer look at the instruments themselves - nobody would be surprised with the use of bone, but human remains...?! Discover what makes music the perfect medium for our black hearts and maybe turn a bit tribal with a macabre sing-a-long!

Suitable for

Website

https://onelastfright.wordpress.com/

Black and white photo of Edinburgh

Horrible Histories from the Archives

  • 17 May 2015 11am-12pm

Bring all the family along for this alternative event looking back at some of the stranger goings on from the University of Edinburgh's archives. Expect some gruesome stories and unexpected tales about Edinburgh and its more disreputable residents...

Suitable for

Admission

Tickets available online from 20th April

Website

https://onelastfright.wordpress.com/

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