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Use, and Misuse, of Patients on Display in Museums

April 8, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm

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Content warning:
This talk will contain images some people may find distressing, including skeletons and foetal remains. There will also be discussion of murder.

Medical objects have been used in museums to tell clinical, technical and personal stories. This talk will look at the different ways patients and users of these medical technologies have been represented, or not, in recent projects across the globe. How can museums responsibly display medical objects and portray their users in the museum? And should museums be displaying them at all?

About the speaker:
Sophie Goggins is the Curator of Biomedical Science at National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh. She led on the biomedical content in the award-winning new Science and Technology galleries, which opened in 2016. Her research interests include patient voice and prosthetics. She is currently working on an exhibition called Parasites: Battle for Survival which focuses on neglected tropical disease and opens in December 2019.

Doors at 7.15, kickoff at 7.30

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This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.


April 8, 2019
6:15 pm - 8:30 pm