Surgeons' Hall Museums

Surgeons' Hall Museums Surgeons' Hall Museums is home to one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology in the World, open to the public since 1832.
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Surgeons' Hall Museums was developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine, its fascinating collections, including bone and tissue specimens, artefacts and works of art, have also been open to the public since 1832, making it Scotland’s oldest museum. Please note photography is prohibited in the museum in accordance with the Human Tissue (2006) Scotland Act.

Operating as usual

The baroque style handles of these mid 18th century dental forceps suggests Spanish influence. Seals were added to the c...
11/11/2020

The baroque style handles of these mid 18th century dental forceps suggests Spanish influence. Seals were added to the circular ends to convert the forceps into a holder for tapers, or for impressing wax on sealed documents. This conversion was probably carried out before 1814.

#OTD in 1758 John Barclay was born. A successful anatomy teacher, he had built up a collection of 2,500 specimens in his...
10/11/2020

#OTD in 1758 John Barclay was born. A successful anatomy teacher, he had built up a collection of 2,500 specimens in his private anatomy school. He donated his collection to the Royal College of Surgeons' of Edinburgh in the 1820's. Some of his collection is still on display.

Most of us know tuberculosis as a disease that affects the lungs, but in 15-20% of untreated cases it affects other part...
09/11/2020

Most of us know tuberculosis as a disease that affects the lungs, but in 15-20% of untreated cases it affects other parts of the body. Spinal tuberculosis is seen in less than 1% of all cases of untreated tuberculosis.
You can read more here: https://buff.ly/2ZazMRU

#ICYMI we have opened up additional spaces on our Internal Reflections: Representing Anatomy in Art 2 week course with o...
08/11/2020

#ICYMI we have opened up additional spaces on our Internal Reflections: Representing Anatomy in Art 2 week course with our Human Remains Conservator.https://buff.ly/3l8F5ZZ

There are also limited spaces left for "Forensic Art: An Introduction to Forensic Art and Facial Reconstruction" with Forensic Artist Karen Fleming https://buff.ly/2GCW3AM

James Syme was born #OTD in 1799. Syme was Edinburgh's leading surgeon of the day, with a worldwide reputation. As a stu...
07/11/2020

James Syme was born #OTD in 1799. Syme was Edinburgh's leading surgeon of the day, with a worldwide reputation. As a student, he devised a solution for waterproof silk rain wear but was beaten to the patent by Charles Macintosh. So we were almost wearing Symes instead of Macs!

"A moral man, Phineas GageTamping powder down holes for his wageBlew his special-made probeThrough his left frontal lobe...
06/11/2020

"A moral man, Phineas Gage
Tamping powder down holes for his wage
Blew his special-made probe
Through his left frontal lobe
Now he drinks, swears, and flies in a rage"

You can read more about Phineas Gage in our latest blog from our Senior Research Fellow, Professor Ken Donaldson.

Image originally from the collection of Jack and Beverly Wilgus, and now in the Warren Anatomical Museum, Harvard Medical School., CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons: https://bit.ly/38iINg2

We have limited tickets available for both sessions of  Forensic Art: An introduction to Forensic Art and Facial Reconst...
05/11/2020

We have limited tickets available for both sessions of Forensic Art: An introduction to Forensic Art and Facial Reconstruction next weekend.

We have also opened up some additional spaces for Internal Reflections: Representing Anatomy in Art course which had previously sold out.

You can find full information about our upcoming events here: https://buff.ly/2BLUydG

#OTD in 1847 James Young Simpson and  2 assistants inhale chloroform for the first time to see if it could be used as an...
04/11/2020

#OTD in 1847 James Young Simpson and 2 assistants inhale chloroform for the first time to see if it could be used as an anaesthetic. Within weeks of the discovery, chloroform had almost replaced ether in general surgery procedures in Britain.

Harry Goodsir was born #OTD in 1819. Harry Goodsir was a promising anatomist and conservator of Surgeons’ Museum here in...
03/11/2020
Death in The Arctic: Harry Goodsir and The Franklin Expedition

Harry Goodsir was born #OTD in 1819. Harry Goodsir was a promising anatomist and conservator of Surgeons’ Museum here in Edinburgh, but he gave all that up in 1845 when he took up the post of ships surgeon and naturalist on the Franklin Expedition to find the North West Passage through the Arctic.

The expedition set sail in May 1845 but the 129 crew members and officers never returned home. The two ships, the Erebus and the Terror, sank after being frozen in pack ice for 3 years, having only made it half way through the North West Passage.

Museum Research Fellow, Professor Ken Donaldson, will be delivering an online talk on Harry Goodsir and the Franklin Expedition later this month. Tickets are available from: https://deathinthearctic_shm.eventbrite.co.uk

Death In The Arctic: Harry Goodsir and the Franklin Expedition

If you have bought a ticket for "Potted Pathology: The Brain and Neurological Disease" please check your inbox for detai...
02/11/2020

If you have bought a ticket for "Potted Pathology: The Brain and Neurological Disease" please check your inbox for details on how to access the recording.

This email may have been filtered into your junk folder.

If you don't have tickets and would like to watch this lecture, tickets are still available.

Once purchased you will receive an order confirmation from Eventbrite with login details.

Tickets are £2 and can be purchased from:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/potted-pathology-the-brain-and-neurological-disease-tickets-119231152587

Coming up this November at Surgeons' Hall Museums.For full information on our events visit: https://buff.ly/2BLUydG
01/11/2020

Coming up this November at Surgeons' Hall Museums.

For full information on our events visit: https://buff.ly/2BLUydG

Do you love visiting us? Introducing our new season tickets. These passes allow you to visit us as much as you'd like fo...
31/10/2020

Do you love visiting us?

Introducing our new season tickets. These passes allow you to visit us as much as you'd like for 12 months!

Passes are £20 for adults and £11 for concessions and can be purchased on arrival at the museum.

Log in information for "The Bloody History of Surgery" workshop for adults has been sent to ticket holders.If you have n...
30/10/2020

Log in information for "The Bloody History of Surgery" workshop for adults has been sent to ticket holders.

If you have not received this email, please check your spam folder or get in touch with us at [email protected]

Onychogryphosis, or Ram’s Horn Nail, is a condition in which there is abnormal nail growth. It causes the nail to become...
29/10/2020

Onychogryphosis, or Ram’s Horn Nail, is a condition in which there is abnormal nail growth. It causes the nail to become very overgrown, often resembling a ram’s horn, as the name suggests. You can read more about Onychogryphosis on our blog: https://buff.ly/3hxXdtP

We've added an extra "Blood and Guts walking tour this Saturday!If you aren't able to make it to the museum in person th...
28/10/2020

We've added an extra "Blood and Guts walking tour this Saturday!
If you aren't able to make it to the museum in person this weekend, we will also be running "The Bloody History of Surgery" online workshop for adults.
https://buff.ly/2BLUydG

The frontal section of these gold bases upper and lower dentures is set with human teeth. It is possible that these are ...
27/10/2020

The frontal section of these gold bases upper and lower dentures is set with human teeth. It is possible that these are 'Waterloo teeth' extracted from cadavers after the Battle of Waterloo.

You can read more about Waterloo teeth over on our blog: https://buff.ly/35z1GbI

The second installment of Potted Pathology with Professor Ken Donaldson will be available to watch next week.The focus o...
26/10/2020

The second installment of Potted Pathology with Professor Ken Donaldson will be available to watch next week.
The focus of this latest lecture is the brain and neurological disease. Potted Pathology is designed to be accessible to all and no previous medical experience is required.
https://buff.ly/3dPwpVq

There's just one week to go until our "Bloody History of Surgery" workshop for adults.Tickets are available from: https:...
24/10/2020

There's just one week to go until our "Bloody History of Surgery" workshop for adults.
Tickets are available from: https://buff.ly/37z5hZP

Our Human Remains Conservator, Cat Irving, tells us more about the history of insulin.surgeonshallmuseums.wordpress.com/...
23/10/2020
A Question of Balance

Our Human Remains Conservator, Cat Irving, tells us more about the history of insulin.

surgeonshallmuseums.wordpress.com/2020/10/23/a-question-of-balance/

Our Human Remains Conservator, Cat Irving, tells us more about the history of insulin. Anyone with type 1 diabetes is familiar with the concept of balancing their blood sugar – weighing activity an…

Emails with login information have been sent to ticket holders for our Medicine and Blood online workshop for kids.Email...
21/10/2020

Emails with login information have been sent to ticket holders for our Medicine and Blood online workshop for kids.

Emails from Eventbrite are sometimes filtered into recipients spam folder. If you have any problems, please get in touch.

This dental drill from the mid-19th century has four interchangeable burs and one drill. These were released and fixed i...
21/10/2020

This dental drill from the mid-19th century has four interchangeable burs and one drill. These were released and fixed in position by a thumb screw.

After trying out carbolised silk as a ligature, Lister then searched for a material that could absorbed within the body,...
19/10/2020

After trying out carbolised silk as a ligature, Lister then searched for a material that could absorbed within the body, settling on catgut. Lister spent many years refining ligature & suture material; by 1881 he was using carbolised catgut that had been hardened by chromic acid.

16/10/2020
Blood and Guts

Looking for something to do this weekend?

We still have tickets available for our Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History walking tours!

We will take you through the highs and lows of Edinburgh’s world renowned medical history. Discover the intrigues, rivalries and dedication to the cause as our guide leads you through the sites where anatomists, surgeons and physicians worked, operated and squabbled in the quest for medical advancement.

Tickets for the tour also include museum access.
https://blood_and_guts_shm.eventbrite.co.uk

After suffering an injury at the Battle of Gettysburg, Major General Daniel Sickles presented his amputated leg to Natio...
14/10/2020

After suffering an injury at the Battle of Gettysburg, Major General Daniel Sickles presented his amputated leg to
National Museum of Health and Medicine.

Sickles visited the leg every year on the anniversary of its amputation.

You can read more about Daniel Sickles in our latest blog from Senior Research Fellow, Professor Ken Donaldson:

https://surgeonshallmuseums.wordpress.com/2020/10/14/meet-daniel-sickles/

We would love to broaden our Neurosurgery collection. If you have any equipment or instruments from recent or current ne...
12/10/2020

We would love to broaden our Neurosurgery collection. If you have any equipment or instruments from recent or current neurosurgery, please get in contact with our Curator to discuss. It could go on display in our new galleries…
http://museum.rcsed.ac.uk/about/contact-us

We are still open!You can pay us a visit from 10am-5pm, 7 days a week. The safety of our team and visitors is our top pr...
10/10/2020

We are still open!

You can pay us a visit from 10am-5pm, 7 days a week.

The safety of our team and visitors is our top priority. You can find out more about the safety measures we have in place at the museum here: https://buff.ly/2WaeCAM

We have added extra dates for our Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History walking tours.The ...
09/10/2020

We have added extra dates for our Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History walking tours.

The tours will now be available until the 13th of December. More info here: https://blood_and_guts_shm.eventbrite.co.uk

Thomas Keith died #OTD in 1895. He practised obstetrics & gynaecology & carried out his first ovariotomy in 1862. Betwee...
09/10/2020

Thomas Keith died #OTD in 1895. He practised obstetrics & gynaecology & carried out his first ovariotomy in 1862. Between then and 1880, he carried out 136 such operations with 81% recovery. He also performed 33 hysterectomies with only 3 deaths, a remarkable feat at that time.

We've had a few enquiries asking if we will still be open in light of the new COVID-19 measures just announced for Scotl...
07/10/2020

We've had a few enquiries asking if we will still be open in light of the new COVID-19 measures just announced for Scotland.

The answer is yes! We will be open as usual from 10am-5pm.

We do have a number of COVID-19 safety measures in place at the museum including an online reservation system and a one way system. To find out more about what to expect from your visit head over to our website: https://museum.rcsed.ac.uk/covid-19

Edith Pechey was born in Langham #OTD in 1845. Pechey was one of the first women doctors in the United Kingdom. She was ...
07/10/2020

Edith Pechey was born in Langham #OTD in 1845. Pechey was one of the first women doctors in the United Kingdom. She was part of the Edinburgh Seven who campaigned for women to have the right to university education.

(Image via Wellcome Library )

These tools were used by Joseph Lister for cleft palate operations. They had originally been owned by J. Smith but were ...
06/10/2020

These tools were used by Joseph Lister for cleft palate operations. They had originally been owned by J. Smith but were modified by Lister to meet his needs.

If you have a ticket for Potted Pathology: Cardiovascular Disease you will have received an email with the log in detail...
05/10/2020

If you have a ticket for Potted Pathology: Cardiovascular Disease you will have received an email with the log in details to view the talk.

This email may have been filtered into your junk folder.
If you have any issues please get in touch!

Tickets are still available for the talk. Once purchased you will receive a confirmation email with all the information you'll need to access the recording.

https://eventbrite.co.uk/e/potted-pathology-cardiovascular-disease-tickets-119228669159

Tickets are £2 and available until 7pm on the 11th of October.

Coming up this month at Surgeons' Hall Museums.For full information on our events visit: https://buff.ly/2BLUydG
01/10/2020

Coming up this month at Surgeons' Hall Museums.

For full information on our events visit: https://buff.ly/2BLUydG

This is an Aspirateur de Dieulafoy. It is a suction pump used to remove fluid from the pleura. It was designed by French...
30/09/2020

This is an Aspirateur de Dieulafoy. It is a suction pump used to remove fluid from the pleura. It was designed by French physician and surgeon Paul Georges Dieulafoy (1839 –1911).

Address

Royal College Of Surgeons Of Edinburgh, Nicolson St
Edinburgh
EH8 9DW

Bus numbers: 3,5,7,8,14,29,33, 37,47

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+ 44 131 527 1711

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Cant wait for exams to be over so I can visit!!!💀🦴💀
Honestly worth every penny!! You can spend hours looking at all the exhibition's, extremely interesting and enjoyable!! By far the best museum I've been to!!!!
Not sure if this post is allowed. But Channel 5 are showing 3 operations (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday). Tonight's operation is showing open heart surgery (a new aortic valve is implanted), Wednesday operation is a knee rebuild & Thursday is a tumour& surrounding tissue being removed from the bowel
Hi all, the Police have been in looking for a vulnerable adult who has said he is coming here as it is a tall building. If you see someone on site @ 30 years, glasses, beard, grey jumpers, black joggers and black and orange trainers, this could be Matthew who is currently missing. If you do see him on site please can you call 999? Thank you.
Happy Birthday hope you can make it more accessible for us all. Prof Colin Howie and Mr William souter changed my life
Dear All, I am writing as a Program Manager at the International Conference on Pathology and Surgical Pathology scheduled for Sept 06-07, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. I would like to invite students belonging to Pathology background to use this opportunity to bring out your research at an International level. Also, here is an open invitation for students who are interested in being ambassadors for your university. Do contact me for other information. We provide certificates that have international career benefits for the ambassadors. For more info: https://tinyurl.com/y77hnqle Regards, Scarlett
If anyone has a spare ticket for 12th April for the children’s heart dissecting I would happily buy it! Thanks
Do you know if Nicolson Street is named for Wm Nicolson who did physiognomy?
Have wanted to visit for a couple of years and what a wonderful day. Special thanks to George on the front desk; welcoming, helpful and just genuinely lovely. Thanks xx
I live in Argentina. Last month I traveled to the UK and I took the opportunity to visit your amazing Museum. I was stunned by the amazing things I saw. I am a Medical Doctor. A Cardiologist. The Museum reminded me my early days in Medical School. There, I could see several videos related with surgical activities and interviews. Great job ! I highly recommend visiting this Museum to my colleagues. Kind regards. Dr. Hurtado
Never been, on my list, and yours