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Raising Dr Dodd: John Hunter’s Daring Attempt at Resurrecting the King’s Curate

Talk | 8 November, 2018, 7:00 PM

​In May 1777 the Reverend Dr William Dodd was sentenced to hang. As honorary chaplain to George III, Dodd had become the most fashionable clergyman of the age before his fall from graceover a silly attempt at forgery. A huge public campaign to save his neck, backed by the writer Samuel Johnson, was in vain and Dodd was taken to the gallows at Tyburn on 27 June. Yet even as he felt the noose around his neck, Dodd had not lost hope of being saved. For if Samuel Johnson’s words had failed him, Dodd fully believed that the talents of his friend John Hunter, the infamous surgeon and anatomist, would bring him back from the dead.


Knowing Me Knowing You: Mirror-Sensory Synaesthesia

Special Event | 10 November, 2018, 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

​When you see someone being touched, do you often feel as if you are the one being touched? Do you tend to literally ‘feel the pain of others’? If you do, you are not alone. Mirror-sensory synaesthesia is the experience of feeling a physical sensation touch or pain when seeing someone else being touched or hurt. Research has shown that approximately 1.6% of the general population experience mirror-touch synaesthesia, and as many as 30% may experience what has been described as mirror-pain synaesthesia. For researchers, this provides a fascinating opportunity to find out how we understand others, as well as ourselves.

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Is There Anybody There? Spiritualism: From the Front into the Front Parlours

Talk | 11 November, 2018, 7:00 PM

Between 1914-1918, millions of people were suddenly forced to deal with a vast number of violent and unnatural deaths of young men. Britain became a nation of mourners. Bereavement and attempts to cope with mass death intensified as families and individuals sought all the help they could in dealing with personal loss. For many people, Spiritualism provided an outlet for their suffering and sorrow and offered an assurance that their dead loved ones lived on. This talk will explore how Spiritualism helped illuminate a world darkened by the catastrophe that we call today the Great War.

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Skerryvore: A Tale of Terror

Special Event | 14-15 & 28-29 November, 2018

On 23rd December 1876, tragedy befell the lighthouse at Skerryvore. The three crewmen vanished, leaving a meal on the table and a fire in the grate. Only Mary was left. A little girl with nowhere to go. A witness without a memory. But tonight, 23 years later and via the miracle of mesmerism, Professor Barrett will return Mary to the eye of the storm. At last, she will tell all she knows about the tragedy at Skerryvore, finding redemption in the process. That is, if everything goes to plan…

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Frankenstein 200

Talk | 20 November, 2018, 7:00 PM

Two hundred years ago Mary Wollstencraft Godwin Shelley (1797-1851) wrote the novel Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus, a phenomenal work that is often considered today to be the first science fiction novel. While the scientists of Mary’s era were keenly demonstrating the newly found electrical forces to include the re-animation of dead people, she gave Dr Frankenstein a similar fire. However his creation is monstrous and Mary led them both on a dance of vengeful destruction.

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Film Night: Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1967)

Film night | 22 November, 2018, 7:00 PM

A creepy, engrossing Hitchcock-like suspense story set in the seedy, seething atmosphere of a loveless Britain. An unscrupulous and mentally unstable professional medium talks her downtrodden husband into kidnapping a child so she can become celebrated in her field and financially rewarded. He knows his troubled wife walks a fine line between sanity and madness, but out of devotion succumbs to her demands. Things take a sinister turn as they become more and more unhinged under the imagined influence of their dead son.

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After Hours Victorian Surgery Demonstration

Special Event | 27 November, 2018, 7:00 pm

​This is a unique after hours event that will take you back in time to witness a mock Victorian surgical demonstration presented within the original architecture of the old operating theatre of St. Thomas’s Hospital dated to 1822. Before the advent of anaesthesia, an operation had to be swift. Without hand-washing or antiseptics, the chance of later infection was high. Upon entrance you will be welcomed to a glass of wine (included in the ticket price) and to spend some time looking around the museum.

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