Hunterian Museum, London

Hunterian Museum, London The Hunterian is closed until 2021 while the Royal College of Surgeons building is redeveloped. When we reopen we look forward to welcoming the public into new fully accessible spaces that will tell the history and ongoing story of surgery.
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From 20 May 2017 until Summer 2020, the Hunterian is closed to the public while the Royal College of Surgeons building is redeveloped.

We know which we prefer...
31/12/2018

We know which we prefer...

We'll just put this here for later...
25/12/2018

We'll just put this here for later...

We have dancing ladies, leaping lords, drummers and pipers for you to discover in the final part of our 12 days of Chris...
24/12/2018

We have dancing ladies, leaping lords, drummers and pipers for you to discover in the final part of our 12 days of Christmas #LibraryBlog ow.ly/EphM30mXBSg

Our pipes were gifts sent by the Princess Mary‘s Christmas Fund to servicemen at the Front or at sea for the first Christmas of WWI. We hope you’ve enjoyed our festive foray into the collections and we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

There are so many fantastic objects in our collections. Using the 12 days of Christmas as a theme #LibraryBlog shares a ...
21/12/2018

There are so many fantastic objects in our collections. Using the 12 days of Christmas as a theme #LibraryBlog shares a few. This week we search for five gold rings, six geese, seven swans and “eight maids a milking” ow.ly/PWy830mXAt7

Last week we looked at Days 1-4 with some fascinating books, manuscripts, and items from the library, museum and archives collections. We’ll finish our 12 on Christmas Eve so look out for it...

Last posting day for Christmas cards (1st class). Here's one we sent earlier!
20/12/2018

Last posting day for Christmas cards (1st class). Here's one we sent earlier!

The festive season is upon us & #LibraryBlog is looking back at our alternative version of the 12 Days of Christmas. In ...
14/12/2018

The festive season is upon us & #LibraryBlog is looking back at our alternative version of the 12 Days of Christmas.

In 2015 the Collections Review project gave us an unprecedented insight into the College’s library, museum and archives holdings. On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me …. Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. ow.ly/7mJO30mXzQG

Time to start putting up the Christmas decorations. We’ve got ours ready!
13/12/2018

Time to start putting up the Christmas decorations. We’ve got ours ready!

Sake Dean Mahomed published ‘Shampooing, or, Benefits resulting from the use of the Indian medicated vapour bath…’ in 18...
30/11/2018

Sake Dean Mahomed published ‘Shampooing, or, Benefits resulting from the use of the Indian medicated vapour bath…’ in 1826 to publicise his Brighton bathhouse. His bathhouse offered authentic Indian oils and herbal treatments, followed by therapeutic steam and vapour baths and his signature ‘Shampooing’. His very successful business attracted upper class customers and Mahomet was appointed Shampooing Surgeon to King George IV. Learn about his life & the cures his treatments provided with #LibraryBlog http://ow.ly/Veye30mOqR5

As we leave Movember a reminder from our #Archives of some of the fine 'mo's' of times past! http://ow.ly/aA0Z30mHBYl
30/11/2018

As we leave Movember a reminder from our #Archives of some of the fine 'mo's' of times past! http://ow.ly/aA0Z30mHBYl

What was megatherium? Digitising the NHM has the answer: http://ow.ly/nb4630mIYOy - our Megatherium Americanum specimen ...
24/11/2018
What was Megatherium?

What was megatherium? Digitising the NHM has the answer: http://ow.ly/nb4630mIYOy - our Megatherium Americanum specimen was collected by #Darwin in Punta Alta, Patagonia during the voyage of HMS Beagle to South America

Darwin collected fossils of these ancient giant sloths when he visited South America.

24/11/2018
Megatherium americanum skull fragment with teeth - Download Free 3D model by NHM_Imaging - Sketchfab

#OTD 1859 Darwin's 'Origin of Species' was first published - our megatherium fossil specimen found by Darwin was part of Digitising the NHM project and has been digitally reunited with a messing element from Down House English Heritage - see the results here! http://ow.ly/XpCw30mIYGq

This is a 3D laser surface scan of a partial cranium with five molariforms preserved. The specimen has been sectioned horizontally on the left side, and vertically on the right side. Two fragments remain and are part of the Royal College of Surgeons and Down House (English Heritage) collections. Thi...

“It is not right that a carcass should be allowed to rot and decompose in this way. It results in a wastage of good land...
23/11/2018

“It is not right that a carcass should be allowed to rot and decompose in this way. It results in a wastage of good land, pollution of the earth, water and air, and is a constant danger to living things.” William Price and his campaign to legalise cremation opened up a debate that paved the way for the law to change.

A ‘wonderfully eccentric, romantic revolutionary, crusader of reform’ Price achieved RCS member status when he was 21, more on his remarkable life at http://ow.ly/82Q930mIWyp #libraryblog

For #Vote100, a reminder from our #Archives of some of the attitudes to women’s suffrage. This illustration from the att...
21/11/2018

For #Vote100, a reminder from our #Archives of some of the attitudes to women’s suffrage. This illustration from the attendance book of the Western Friendly Medical Club 5 Nov 1906 shows members slamming the door while below them a figure lights a barrel of ‘Suffragettamite’! http://ow.ly/Zq4W30mHFon

17/11/2018
Facing the Past: WWI Plastic Surgery, exploring the BAPRAS archives — BAPRAS Archives and the Musuems of Royal College of Surgeons

From 2-5pm today we'll be showcasing the incredible WW1 BAPRAS archive collections at Royal College of Surgeons for Explore Archives 2018. It's a free and drop in event so please head over - http://ow.ly/LMOb30myHmm

As part of Explore Your Archive 2018, see some of the objects from the BAPRAS Archives that record the pioneering work carried out in Britain in the wake of the First World War. Discover the incredible skill and innovation of Sir Harold Gillies, his inspirations, the team that he built around him an...

16/11/2018
Facing the Past: WWI Plastic Surgery, exploring the BAPRAS archives — BAPRAS Archives and the Musuems of Royal College of Surgeons

The BAPRAS archives hold incredible objects and images of the pioneering plastic surgery work of WW1. Discover them for Explore Archives 2018 this weekend http://ow.ly/XrtS30myH23

As part of Explore Your Archive 2018, see some of the objects from the BAPRAS Archives that record the pioneering work carried out in Britain in the wake of the First World War. Discover the incredible skill and innovation of Sir Harold Gillies, his inspirations, the team that he built around him an...

The home of the Royal College of Surgeons is currently being rebuilt, but this is just the latest in a series of reconst...
16/11/2018

The home of the Royal College of Surgeons is currently being rebuilt, but this is just the latest in a series of reconstructions over the last couple of centuries. Read about our building's history with #LibraryBlog http://ow.ly/Izhu30mDN8I

For Explore Archives 2018 discover the incredible stories of those who underwent pioneering plastic surgery in WW1 with ...
14/11/2018

For Explore Archives 2018 discover the incredible stories of those who underwent pioneering plastic surgery in WW1 with BAPRAS archives at the Royal College of Surgeons on Saturday 17 November 2-5pm - free and no need to book http://ow.ly/aljw30myGUU

As we remember those who died in WW1 for #Armistice2018 we should also remember those who survived and how pioneering pl...
11/11/2018

As we remember those who died in WW1 for #Armistice2018 we should also remember those who survived and how pioneering plastic surgery enabled them to face a new future. Discover the BAPRAS archives on 17.11.18, 2-5pm for Explore Archives http://ow.ly/QA2u30myGw9

On Saturday 17 November come to our explore archives event from 2-5pm at the Royal College of Surgeons BAPRAS archives o...
09/11/2018

On Saturday 17 November come to our explore archives event from 2-5pm at the Royal College of Surgeons BAPRAS archives of objects and images showing the pioneering plastic surgery work of WW1 and the faces of those whose lives were affected http://ow.ly/MN1a30myGhl

"We will remember them” #LibraryBlog celebrates the bravery of two extraordinary RCS surgeons who were awarded Victoria ...
09/11/2018

"We will remember them” #LibraryBlog celebrates the bravery of two extraordinary RCS surgeons who were awarded Victoria Cross twice http://ow.ly/WI7t30mwQ8f

Rats & weasels size each other up. It's Halloween and #LibraryBlog has unearthed some scary treasures from William Chese...
31/10/2018

Rats & weasels size each other up. It's Halloween and #LibraryBlog has unearthed some scary treasures from William Cheselden's Osteographia http://ow.ly/ohY730mn565

The evenings are getting darker & Halloween is coming. Writing in Leisure Hour, the author of Haunted London: Lincoln’s ...
26/10/2018

The evenings are getting darker & Halloween is coming. Writing in Leisure Hour, the author of Haunted London: Lincoln’s Inn Fields is haunted by ghosts of history. He paints an atmospheric picture of London as he walks up a grimy Chancery Lane, across Lincoln’s Inn Court and into Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Be haunted by the ghosts of Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Read on with #LibraryBlog http://ow.ly/c4Md30mnPBO

Do you snap, scissor or grind?!!? Half term is nearly upon us so join us at King’s College’s Museum of Life Sciences for...
19/10/2018

Do you snap, scissor or grind?!!? Half term is nearly upon us so join us at King’s College’s Museum of Life Sciences for 'Jaws!' - a free family-friendly object handling workshop on 25.10.18 to find out - booking through eventbrite: http://ow.ly/MYiL30mimLv

#LibraryBlog talks to John O’Riordan about our historic library is being protected during the construction phase of the ...
19/10/2018

#LibraryBlog talks to John O’Riordan about our historic library is being protected during the construction phase of the Lincoln’s Inn Fields redevelopment project http://ow.ly/Z2tG30mioeh

The redevelopment work to transform the Colleges Lincoln’s Inn Fields home is well underway. The Library rooms in the Grade II* listed Barry Building are in good hands. Learn how the environment is monitored, why extra steel braces are in place and the first steps to restore the library for the future. Read more about the project http://ow.ly/DSvV30miolS

John Ellis, economic naturalist & London businessman died 15th October 1776 #OTD. #LibraryBlog shares the #BotanicalIllu...
15/10/2018

John Ellis, economic naturalist & London businessman died 15th October 1776 #OTD. #LibraryBlog shares the #BotanicalIllustration illuminating his scientific publications #C18 http://ow.ly/8X5u30ki60u

"...but why think, why not trie the Expt." John Hunter's most famous words written to his pupil and good friend, Edward ...
12/10/2018
Together for Jenner

"...but why think, why not trie the Expt." John Hunter's most famous words written to his pupil and good friend, Edward Jenner - pioneer of smallpox vaccination. Find out how you can help save Dr. Jenner's Museum and Garden - #Togetherfor Jenner #TeamDJHMG https://jennermuseum.com/together

Show the world what Dr Jenner’s House means to you! | About | Donate | Support | We want to show how science can change the world for the better. Each year we welcome 5,000 visitors to the bi…

Victorian homes were full of arsenic – your wall paper could kill you & your fashionable green socks caused ulcers! #Lib...
12/10/2018

Victorian homes were full of arsenic – your wall paper could kill you & your fashionable green socks caused ulcers! #LibraryBlog investigates http://ow.ly/ZFL030mcGdl

In the Victorian era Arsenic was widely used for a number of applications. It could be used medicinally or as a poison or as a pigment in dye, notable the vibrant Scheele’s Green. #LibraryBlog looks at the dangers of fashion, learning about the risks to life and health your wall paper, cloths and accessories caused. Copious pamphlets and articles in the scientific press were published about the subject, some of which you can read in the digitised RCS Tracts collection http://ow.ly/zK3d30mcGaU

If it's #kraken day for #CephalopodAwarenessDays then we are going to have to mention the beak of our giant squid bought...
11/10/2018

If it's #kraken day for #CephalopodAwarenessDays then we are going to have to mention the beak of our giant squid bought back by Joseph Banks from the voyages of Captain Cook - the rest of it was consumed in '...one of the best soups I ever eat'! http://ow.ly/HUNb30ma2DE

Forceps delivery from George Spatt’s Obstetric tables 1833. #LibraryBlog looks at the anatomy flapbook, a C19 teaching a...
05/10/2018

Forceps delivery from George Spatt’s Obstetric tables 1833. #LibraryBlog looks at the anatomy flapbook, a C19 teaching aid for male midwives http://ow.ly/yCdU30lZJFr

Spratt was an RCS member and a male midwife, he was also an active printmaker. Designed as a teaching aid, the book includes fifty hand-coloured plates with flaps that lift to show a ‘dissected’ view of female body during pregnancy. Some illustrations have four or five layers showing the external and internal changes the female body goes though during pregnancy. The woman in the illustrations wears a particularly fine frilled cap and shawl. For more about flap books, read our earlier blog: Anatomie très utile: ‘The anatyme of the inwarde partis of man and woman’ http://ow.ly/3dgc30lZJIM

Phossy jaw was a horrific industrial disease of Victorian match makers. Victims suffered toothache, abscesses & swollen ...
28/09/2018

Phossy jaw was a horrific industrial disease of Victorian match makers. Victims suffered toothache, abscesses & swollen gums as their jaws decayed & glowed in the dark. Read about the surgery to remove the lower jaw bone of one match girl in New York at #LibraryBlog http://ow.ly/IgRD30m0GMB

Benjamin Bynoe served as ship’s surgeon on board HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin’s epic five-year voyage. He helped sur...
21/09/2018

Benjamin Bynoe served as ship’s surgeon on board HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin’s epic five-year voyage. He helped survey areas of South America and Australia, and collected important scientific specimens. Largely forgotten, his life was fascinating. His entry in Plarr's Lives of the Fellows http://ow.ly/4DrW30lUFMS was just 2 sentences. #LibraryBlog learns how a recent enquiry prompted further research and a much-expanded entry. http://ow.ly/VUWH30lUFNM

Read the 2nd post about our 1st female fellow Eleanor Davis Colley and her 'Adamless Eden' hospital, staffed almost enti...
07/09/2018

Read the 2nd post about our 1st female fellow Eleanor Davis Colley and her 'Adamless Eden' hospital, staffed almost entirely by women: ow.ly/EDVi30lIS6D #libraryblog #inspiringwomen #womeninsurgery #womeninmedicine

First female fellow of the College, Eleanor Davis Colley, began her career working 'to obtain for the invalid and crippl...
31/08/2018

First female fellow of the College, Eleanor Davis Colley, began her career working 'to obtain for the invalid and crippled children of the London poor the best and most effective help towards a restoration to health and usefulness' find out more at http://ow.ly/B8zE30lD9Q3 #LibraryBlog

26 August 1768 Captain James Cook begins his first voyage of discovery aboard HMS Endeavour to observe the 1769 transit ...
26/08/2018

26 August 1768 Captain James Cook begins his first voyage of discovery aboard HMS Endeavour to observe the 1769 transit of Venus & make “...discoveries in geography, navigation, astronomy... #LibraryBlog wonders what you’ll do today #OTD #CaptainCook http://ow.ly/kbk930l2yDe

How two surgeons proved that a respectable temperance lecturer had murdered his milliner’s apprentice lover, in a tale o...
24/08/2018

How two surgeons proved that a respectable temperance lecturer had murdered his milliner’s apprentice lover, in a tale of subterfuge, Victorian hypocrisy and jet black buttons... #eastend murder #libraryblog ow.ly/sKjU30iiSay

First purchasable for 28 shillings in 1858, #libraryblog looks at our collection of Gray’s Anatomy editions and what mak...
17/08/2018

First purchasable for 28 shillings in 1858, #libraryblog looks at our collection of Gray’s Anatomy editions and what makes RCS holdings so uniquely significant #anatomy #histmed http://ow.ly/2m4j30lryUm

Thomas Quekett, British physician, microscopist & histologist born #OTD 1815. Quekett microscopic slides capture a natur...
11/08/2018

Thomas Quekett, British physician, microscopist & histologist born #OTD 1815. Quekett microscopic slides capture a natural history collection in miniature. #LibraryBlog http://ow.ly/YQso30ll5ZM

John Thomas Quekett is most famous for his pioneering work in microscopy. Born in Langport, Somerset and educated by his father he expressed an interest in microscopes from an early age. Read our blog post to discover what he did next.

More amazing animals for #InternationalCatDay - these paws were collected to show polydactyl cats with supernumerary toe...
08/08/2018

More amazing animals for #InternationalCatDay - these paws were collected to show polydactyl cats with supernumerary toes http://ow.ly/VQRS30kTRdC

#LibraryBlog thanks the supporters who are helping us to Conserve Our Collections for a new generation to learn from htt...
03/08/2018

#LibraryBlog thanks the supporters who are helping us to Conserve Our Collections for a new generation to learn from http://ow.ly/w7ok30lfzGU Find out how you can help http://ow.ly/h7eH30lfzFJ

On the 6 July we welcomed over 35 guests to our annual Conserve our Collections event. This year it was held at the London Metropolitan Archives due to the ongoing building work at the RCS site. It was an opportunity to promote the scheme and allow guests to view items that are not normally available for public view.

For #InternationalTigerDay this chap hangs out with the bones of his former foes, from  Lacépède http://ow.ly/WHgo30kURd...
29/07/2018

For #InternationalTigerDay this chap hangs out with the bones of his former foes, from Lacépède http://ow.ly/WHgo30kURd2

And now a #MusTool from a little closer to our own time - the Sarafix local external fracture fixator - developed and us...
25/07/2018

And now a #MusTool from a little closer to our own time - the Sarafix local external fracture fixator - developed and used in Sarajevo in 1993 when the city was under siege during the Bosnian civil war: http://ow.ly/YpMq30l61F2

Here are some more amazing #MusTools from our collections - two carved wooden enema syringes used by the Bushango people...
25/07/2018

Here are some more amazing #MusTools from our collections - two carved wooden enema syringes used by the Bushango people from what was then the Belgian Congo - now the Democratic Republic of the Congo: http://ow.ly/kjLm30l60p9

Today is Culture Themes #MusTools day, so we're treating you to the handy 'pocket-sized' surgical kit of explorer Mungo ...
25/07/2018

Today is Culture Themes #MusTools day, so we're treating you to the handy 'pocket-sized' surgical kit of explorer Mungo Park taken by him on his first expedition to Africa between 1795 and 1797: http://ow.ly/j6Fy30l5SxU

Yes - that last one was a trick!!! A bust of John Hunter did stand in Leicester Square near the site of his house there ...
24/07/2018
John Hunter, Leicester Square

Yes - that last one was a trick!!! A bust of John Hunter did stand in Leicester Square near the site of his house there - but it, and others, were removed when the square was refurbished from 2010-12...and they never returned: http://ow.ly/BOBB30l5FSJ

All four of the Leicester Square busts were removed in the 2010-12 redesign, and we don't know where they went.

and the last memorial...near where John Hunter's house where he kept his museum originally stood...the background is a b...
24/07/2018

and the last memorial...near where John Hunter's house where he kept his museum originally stood...the background is a bit of a giveaway!

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