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INTERIORITY: An Exploration of the Inward Gaze

Special Event | 15 September, 2017, 7:00 PM

Prompted by the idea that Shakespeare's soliloquies may have been influenced by public anatomical dissections in Renaissance London, INTERIORITY brings together artists with speakers from the fields of medicine and health, anatomy, history and cultural theory in three public talks to explore the relationship between body and mind: how we imagine and experience our interior selves, and how this affects our way of expression in the world.


Open House London 2017

Special Event | 17 September, 2017, from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM

The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret will be participating in the UK's largest showcase of architecture, design, and regeneration providing free admission to our museum all day on Sunday, the 17th of September. Our doors will be opened from 10.30 AM to 5:00 PM.

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Music Inspired by Illness in the Pre-Anaesthetic Era

Special Event | 26 October, 2017, 7:00 PM

​This event will offer a short overview by Nick Newton of the emotional impact of illness and impending surgery on individuals in the 17th & 18th Century, followed by an introductory talk from Tim Smith, focusing on the aetiology and management of bladder stones in the pre-anaesthetic era. Then there will be a concert by the Royal Baroque Ensemble.

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Tales From the Dark Side II: The Anatomy of Robert Knox

Event | 1 November, 2017, 7:00 PM

​Robert Knox is best known for having bought the bodies of at least sixteen murder victims from Burke and Hare, a trade that came to light in the Edinburgh anatomy scandal of 1828. Hare turned King’s evidence, Burke was hanged, dissected and displayed, but Knox was never prosecuted.

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Tales From the Dark Side III: Mr Birch's Electrical Laboratory

Event | 8 November, 2017, 7:00 PM

Set within the context of the 'new age' of electrical discoveries, the lecture will introduce Mr Birch's 'electrical table' and the therapeutic methods he used to overcome great suffering, as seen via his Hospital patients' case histories. Via these newly found papers, we can see how Mr Birch's practice drew to the Hospital many otherwise thought to be 'incurable' patients, how he attracted referrals of the more famous practitioners such as John Hunter and how this work even inspired art works to be made.

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Film Night: ​The Innocents (1961)

Film night | 14 December, 2017, 7:00 PM

Adapted from Henry James’ classic novella ‘The Turn of the Screw’, this atmospheric and stylish ghost film questions whether the inexplicable events in a remote gothic country house are supernatural, or how much is in the mind of the protagonist.


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