There is still time to register for our event at The Whitworth next Tuesday, 6 September, 10am-4.30pm. The workshop looks at the role objects play for those involved with Medical Humanities – in a museum context, in medical and art practice, in teaching, learning and engagement.
The workshop is FREE (and lunch and coffee/tea breaks are included for all participants), but please register here.
See here for a more detailed event announcement.
Bodies, Technologies, Objects
A Medical Humanities Laboratory workshop at the University of Manchester
Tuesday, 6 September 2016, Whitworth Art Gallery
10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Hand sanitizer dispensers, medicine bottles, surgical knives, bionic eyes: from the mundane and simple to the rarified and high-tech, objects mediate and condition our encounters with medicine, health and illness. How, this workshop asks, can those working in medical humanities engage productively with objects to gain insights into medical care and health experience? What can objects show or tell us that texts do not?
This workshop brings together scholars, artists, and museum professionals to address these questions. In three themed sessions combining presentation and discussion, we intend to explore the analytical, creative, and pedagogical possibilities that a focus on objects offers us.
10:00 am – 10:30 am: Coffee and registration
10:30 am – 10:45 am: Welcome
10:45 am – 11:30 am: Session One:
Patients and the medical museum
We begin with Dr Sam Alberti (Keeper of Science & Technology, National Museums Scotland), who discusses how curators are interrogating what medical collections can tell us about the lives and experiences of those treated and other users of medical technologies.
11:30 am – 11:45 am: Coffee break
11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Session Two:
Artists encounter and engage medical objects and technologies
This session features two artists discussing their recent work:
Geoffrey Harrison (London) has been Artist in Residence at Barts Pathology Museum, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and recently completed a Leverhulme residency at The Royal Veterinary College. His anatomically-inspired artwork owes something to his childhood as the son of medical illustrators, but also incorporates an interest in aesthetics, theoretical bodily processes and anatomies that appear broken, but are somehow remade, whole.
Painter Lucy Burscough (Manchester) is currently working with Ocular Bionica (@OcularBionica). This project, a collaboration with Manchester Vision Regeneration Lab and the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, explores the cutting edge sight technologies that hint at a future of biomedical bionics and the hacking of humanity.
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm: Lunch
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm: Session Three:
Teaching with, through and about medical objects
Dr Kostas Arvanitis (ICP, Manchester) and Stephanie Seville (Museum of Medicine and Health, Manchester) discuss how museology students have worked with objects and staff from the University’s collections. This project, which included pop-up exhibitions, intended to develop practical skills while testing theoretical understanding.
Medical historian Dr Harriet Palfreyman (CHSTM, Manchester) discusses her work with the Time Travelling Operating Theatre, an engagement project using historical re-enactment and medical simulation to create conversations amongst clinicians, historians, and the public about the past, present, and future of surgery.
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm: Collective closing discussion
The event is FREE (lunch and tea breaks included).
All welcome, but please register here.
For more information, contact Marion Endt-Jones at marion.endt[at]manchester.ac.uk.
Please mark your calendars for the Medical Humanities showcase
‘Bodies, Technologies, Objects’
organized by MedHumLab Manchester
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
10am – 4.30pm
Grand Hall, The Whitworth, Manchester
Plenary speaker: Dr Sam Alberti, Keeper of Science and Technology, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
The workshop will also include an artist-led session, and a session on ‘Teaching and Engagement’ featuring Dr Kostas Arvanitis (Centre for Museology) and Stephanie Seville (Museum of Medicine and Health).
More info to follow soon!
Do you remember the workshop From Coal Mining to Data Mining we held in November? We are now inviting you to attend the opening of the exhibition associated with this project, of Nicola Dale‘s artwork inspired by historical arthritis research with coal miners as research subjects and by conversations with former miners.
21 January, 6-8pm (exhibition continues till 24 January)
ArtWork Atelier, 95 Greengate, Salford M3 7NG (entrance on Queen Street, about 5-10 minutes walk from Manchester Cathedra)
Happy New Year to you all from the Medical Humanities Lab. Lab member Wendy Gallagher asked us to let you know about the following events held at the Whitworth Art Gallery.
Coffee, Cake and Culture
Making culture accessible to people living with dementia and their carers
Fully supported museum visits for people with dementia and their family members or care partners, on Thursdays the 28 January, 25 February, 31 March, 28 April and 26 May, from 2 to 4pm. Attendance free.
Aesthetics of Anatomy
Life drawing classes in the study of anatomy. Last Thursday of every month, £5 per session – all materials provided. Book your sessions here.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum are part of a new Arts Council funded research project looking at the impact of engaging in museum activities for individuals’ health and wellbeing. Not So Grim Up North (2015-2018) is a collaboration with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM), working with researchers at University College London (UCL).
The Whitworth and TWAM have been leading creative work in the field of health, culture and wellbeing for many years, with specifically developed arts and heritage programmes in partnership with local healthcare and social care services. Inspired by the collections of art and local history, the programmes offer behind-the-scenes tours and object handling; arts activities; sound recording; creative writing; and photography.
The research will explore how taking part in a museum or art gallery activity can have demonstrable health and wellbeing outcomes, through a longitudinal study using a mix-methods approach – that is, we will be using validated (quantitative) clinical scales alongside qualitative interviews to measure the impact of these activities over 18 months. The project will work with a range of audiences across the two regions, including adults with mental health issues, adults in addiction recovery, stroke rehabilitation patients, and older adults living with dementia; and will also bring together the perspectives of healthcare professionals and cultural professionals to explore the work of partnership. The project will contribute to better understanding the value of museum encounters on health and wellbeing.
Dr Nuala Morse is the Research Associate for the project, based at the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester. Nuala’s background crosses human geography, museum studies, participatory theory and the medical humanities, and her work is interested in the distinctive nature of the ‘social work’ of museums professionals; the role of the museum as a space of social care; and the role of culture in (mental health and addictions) recovery work. Nuala’s recent papers can be found here.
You can find out more about the research project here (please note some of these pages are under construction).
If you would like any further information please contact Nuala: Nuala.email@example.com
Find out more about the museums’ programmes: