Starting with an astonishing operation performed exactly 200 years ago by Sir Astley Cooper, Thomas Morris looks at the contributions of London surgeons to the early history of the discipline.
Set in the atmospheric surrounds of Europe’s oldest surviving Operating Theatre, the Bankside inaugural Poetry Festival will feature performances over 2- nights by well-known poets Adisa the Verbaliser, The Fire Poet and Matt Harvey to mark the great creative surge of famous Romantic poet and physician, John Keats, in his final years.
Surgery before the 16 October, 1846 meant one thing for the patient most of all: Pain. It was also difficult for the surgeon to work under such circumstances.
Today, the body snatchers who crept into the burial grounds of Georgian London to dig up the dead for the anatomy schools of London seem like characters from a dark gothic story. But the body snatchers were not characters from fiction and the lucrative trade in human corpses was real.
For hundreds of years it was believed that if you breathed in a horrible smell it would cause you to become very unwell. As a protection, people would carry a scented ball called a pomander, which would be held to their nose if they were entering into a smelly area. Join the Museum team this half- term and make your own Halloween themed ‘pumpkin’ pomander.
Talk and screening of Dracula (1958): “One of the most revolting horror films I have seen in years.” (Daily Express review, 1958).