London's Lost Museums Study Day - Royal College of Surgeons, London (UK) - May 21, 2011

The latest special exhibition at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, London’s Lost Museums: Nature and Medicine on Show 1650–1950, can be seen until 2 July, with an associated study day on 21 May.

Discover a lost world of cabinets of curiosity and grand exhibitions at the Royal College of Surgeons. The remains of collections that were forgotten, dispersed or even razed to the ground have found their way into today's museums, and the Hunterian Museum will be displaying a selection of these precious relics. See a mummy's foot, exotic specimens and rare catalogues alongside exquisite images of grand museums that are no more. From Sir Hans Sloane’s cabinet to William Bullock’s Egyptian Hall, the exhibition examines the contents, purpose and fate of London’s early anatomical and natural history collections. It also tells the story of the devastating bomb damage inflicted upon the Hunterian during the Second World War.

The Royal College of Surgeons in conjunction with the Museums and Galleries History Group ( Places are limited; booking advisable before 21 April 2011. Speakers:
Sam Alberti (Royal College of Surgeons) on lost medical museums
Alan Bates (University College London) on lost anatomy shows
Caroline Cornish (Royal Holloway) on Kew’s lost museums
Stuart Eagles on the lost art museum at Ancoats
Tim Knox (Sir John Soane's Museum) on a lost architectural museum
Frances Larson (Durham University) on Wellcome’s lost collection
Chris Plumb (University of Manchester) on lost animal displays

Full programme and abstracts available at

£45/£35 concessions. Includes refreshments, lunch and archive/exhibition tours. Bookings: 020 7869 6560.

Dr Sam Alberti | Director of Museums and Archives
The Royal College of Surgeons of England | 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields | London WC2A 3PE
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Dr Christopher Plumb
Temporary Lecturer in Museology
Centre for Museology
University of Manchester