Hunterian Museum Reopens 16th May

Monday, May 8, 2023
Hunterian Museum Reopens 16th May

After a six-year closure, the Hunterian Museum bursts back onto London’s cultural scene this week with the launch of a new website and the announcement that the museum doors will open on Tuesday 16th May.

The £4.6 million museum re-design, by award winning design studio Casson Mann, is part of a larger redevelopment of the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s headquarters at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in central London. The Hunterian Museum includes the display of over 2,000 anatomical preparations made by the 18th century surgeon anatomist John Hunter, from whom the museum takes its name. The specimens are displayed alongside instruments, equipment, models, paintings and archive material, which trace the history of surgery from ancient times to the latest robot-assisted operations.

The mesmeric and ethereal homage to surgery, Concourse (2) by artist Barbara Hepworth will be on permanent display in the museum for the first time. Part of Hepworth’s Hospital Drawings series, made in 1948, the same year the NHS was born, Hepworth wanted to portray the ‘extraordinary beauty of purpose and co-ordination’ of surgical teams. Teamwork is also at the heart of a newly commissioned film of an orthopaedic operation performed at the Wirrall University Teaching Hospital. With the use of time-lapse editing a 90-minute operation is condensed to just ten, revealing a ballet-like choreography as the surgical staff give all their attention to the patient, centre stage.

These and many other new audio visuals and objects on public display for the first time can also be found on the Hunterian Museum’s new website which launches this week. Designed by Brighton based digital agency Cogapp, the new platform rolls out the Hunterian Museum to a global audience, opening up new opportunities for debate and engagement with one of the world’s most influential medical collections. The new website is rich with recently digitised collections material, online exhibitions, films, talks, games and key visitor information.

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