Upcoming Events at Surgeons' Hall Museums

Upcoming Events at Surgeons' Hall Museums

Surgeons’ Hall Museums have recently launched their 2024 Winter events programme. Over the next few months, they will be hosting a variety of events, including a heart dissection workshop for adults; a series of lunchtime talks; and a special event from the RCSEd Library and Archive as part of Rare Books Edinburgh. 


12th- Lunch Time Talk: Unwelcome Guests – Insect Pests in Museums (and what we do about them!) – Join Surgeons Hall Museums collections assistant Danielle Dray as she discusses the insects that we sometimes find in museums and how we control them.

12th- Sensory Friendly Quiet Evening  Our sensory friendly late openings provide an opportunity for those who need a quieter environment to enjoy our museum without the hustle and bustle of the general public.

Taking place on Monday the 12th of February, the museum will open at 5.30pm after our official closing at 5pm, and wherever possible, we have adjusted operations and/or lowered volume levels on exhibits. There will be old surgical equipment available to handle and a quiet room for those needing to take a break.

14th- Heart Dissection Workshop for Adults  Join us on the 14th of February for this workshop which takes a hands-on look at the structure and function of the mammalian heart. Using a pig heart, participants will dissect out the path of the blood revealing the chambers and their associated vessels and valves

26th- Lunch Time Talk: Dubious Guests – The Parasites Who Feed On Us  This lunchtime talk will look at some of the creatures that we can play host to, and the way they can impact our lives. Dog owners may be familiar with regularly giving worming tablets to their pets, but do we often think about the same problem affecting us? There are a variety of organisms that can live on or in human beings, using our body as their resource for growth and reproduction.


11th- Lunch Time Talk: The complicated legacy of Robert Christison (1797-1882) – Join our Curator Louise Wilkie as she discusses the fascinating legacy of Toxicologist and Physician Robert Christinson. Credited for numerous advances in medical study, including but not limited to, toxicology, pharmacology, nephrology and for his successful academic career, he is also remembered as one of the most fervent obstacles to women in medicine. Join our Curator as she explores and unpacks this complex legacy.

21st- “Books and Other Certain Rarities”: The Library and Archive of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – Join the Library and Archive of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in celebration of Rare Books Edinburgh 2024. The first recorded evidence of the Library at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh was in 1696, when archived Minutes recorded that "books and other certain rarities" were to be provided in the new Hall of the Incorporation of Barbers and Chirurgeons, then being built in High School Yards. In 1832 a new Surgeons Hall opened on Nicolson Street, incorporating a new Library, and a 1908 extension created a basement store to house the archive collection. Today, our Library and Archive team care for this collection of thousands of surgical books, serials and historical documents, while answering enquiries on all aspects of the College’s unique role in the history of medicine and surgery. For Rare Books Edinburgh 2024 we will be exhibiting many of our rare medical and surgical books and manuscripts, as well as non-medical texts such as a 1460 “Book of Hours”, and a superb copy of “The Nuremberg Chronicle” from 1493.

Full details of all our events can be found on the Surgeons' Hall Museums website.

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