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The Great Exhibition

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29 Apr 2014


The College's Surgeons' Hall Museum will be closed for redevelopment from 18 May 2014 until summer 2015.

On our final day, we will be celebrating the Museum as it was and giving you the chance to create artworks and express your views about your favourite parts of the Museum.

Try your hand at architectural drawing, pathology modelling, forensic skull drawing and bookmaking. There will be a chance to display your artwork in the Museum for public vote, special guests will be appearing and the evening will end with a very special musical performance.

  • 10:00-12:00 & 12:30-14:30pm: Barclay’s Books with Susie Wilson, recreate the lost collections of John Barclay's comparative anatomy collection catalogue in this book making class.
  • 10:30-11:30, 12:00-1:00, 1:30-2:30: The Anatomists' Pathology Modelling with Jane Weatherly, explore selected items from the pathology collection and model your own specimen!
  • 11:30: Ghosts in the Gallery with Edinburgh International Festival, a pop-up performance celebrating the beauty and courage of love.
  •  11-12:45, 13:00-14:45: Playfair's Design, Architectural Drawing with Sara Beevers, whether you are a total beginner or a more experienced artist, whatever your age, come along and enjoy being guided through an exciting artistic experience.
  • 11:00-14:45 (drop in): Charles Bell's Expressions & Forensic Skulls with Gillian Taylor, drop-in drawing class inspired by the skull collection of Surgeons' Hall Museum, with Forensic Artist Gillian Taylor and Mr. Tony Watson, FRCSEd.
  • 15:00: Ghosts in the Gallery with Edinburgh International Festival, a pop-up performance celebrating the beauty and courage of love.
  • 16:45: Closing speech and exhibition prizes
  • 17:00-17:45: A Special Musical Performance with Wendy Carle Taylor, join us to celebrate the rich and colourful history of Surgeons' Hall Museum with a special selection of songs inspired by the impact of Edinburgh's medical history
  • 18:00-19:00: your last chance to look around the Museum before closure    

Entry and activities will be free-of-charge all day. Art classes are suitable for all ages and levels (under 12s should be accompanied to the art classes by an adult).

You do not need a ticket to enter the Museum on this day, however, if you wish to attend any of the art classes or the musical performance by Wendy Carle Taylor, please book a ticket to secure your place and to avoid disappointment (we cannot guarantee that places will be available on the day). Art class and final performance tickets available by clicking here.

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