During the academic year 2015-16, staff and students from the Faculties of Life Sciences (now Biology, Medicine and Health) and Humanities have collaborated with the Museum of Medicine and Health (MMH), the University of Manchester Historian and Heritage Manager and Chetham’s Library to develop a series of public engagement activities that aimed to engage different audiences with the MMH’s collection of medical objects.
AGMS student putting objects on display for The Medicine Cabinet, Chetham’s Library, 12 December 2015
The project, which was led by Dr Kostas Arvanitis (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures), Dr Carsten Timmermann (CHSTM) and Stephanie Seville (Heritage Assistant, MMH), and funded by the Faculty of Humanities and the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, included
- a one-day pop-up exhibition in Chetham’s Library, which attracted c. 200 visitors (The Medicine Cabinet: Unlocking Manchester’s Medical History, 12 December 2015)
- a family activity at Manchester Histories Festival (11 June 2016),
- a social media campaign on twitter, facebook and instagram (May-July 2016), and
- a series of four videos, which show MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies students introducing MMH objects they researched for the exhibition.
The videos below, which feature objects as varied as a powder folder, a bronzed wax resin cast of a facial reconstruction of Philip II of Macedon, a nest of three Royal Worcester white crucibles and a McEvedy rectal speculum (proctoscope), provide a fascinating insight into the project and the MMH’s collection:
Learn more about the project here and here.
Click here for more photos of the exhibition at Chetham’s Library.
See also this short interview with Stephanie Seville, introducing her work with the MMH collections on the MedHumLab website.
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)
Here is a map
And here is an invitation on Nicola’s own blog site, with some interesting links.
Download the poster (pdf)
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 email@example.com
The Medicine Cabinet – Unlocking Manchester’s Medical History
Saturday 12 December 2015 11am – 4pm
Manchester M3 1SB
MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies students from the University of Manchester present a pop-up exhibition in collaboration with the Museum of Medicine and Health.
Discover the wonders of Manchester’s medical history in the beautiful surrounds of Chetham’s Library – open for one day only!