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Audio, Video and Transcripts

The Museums Department records selected lectures and events held at the Hunterian Museum and archives the recordings here for the public. See below for all recorded lectures to date.

Most recordings made after 2010 also have downloadable transcriptions provided by StageText.

Due to the nature of recordings made live at events, there may be issues of audibility and sound quality.

Copyright of individual images prevents us from providing the visual presentations that accompanied these talks.

2018

Hunter 300: 'Blood Brothers' - a joint event with the Royal College of Physicians to commmorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of William Hunter

Akutsu III Bionic Heart 21st centuryTalk by Wendy Moore

VIEW LECTURE

Video recorded Tuesday 16 October 2018, 7pm.

This event was jointly delivered by the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians for 'Hunter 300'.

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by StageText.

2017

Transplant Before Transplant

Tooth Transplantation - Thomas RowlandsonTalk by Paul Craddock

Recorded Tuesday 25 April 2017, 1pm

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Opening the Door to a Future - how the British Kidney Patient Association changed lives

TJohnny's Bandage - copyright Tim Wainwrightalk by Fiona Loud

Recorded Tuesday 21 March 2017, 1pm

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download .

Empire of the Eye - Indian Oculists, British Surgeons and the trans-Imperial Development of Victorian Cataract Surgery

Glass Eyes by Mollie SurmanTalk by Kristin Hussey

Recorded Tuesday 28 February 2017, 1pm

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

2016

A Change of Heart - The History and Current Status of Heart Transplant

Akutsu III Bionic Heart 21st centuryTalk by Sir Terence English FRCS

Recorded Tuesday 6 December 2016, 1pm

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Regrettably due to a technical fault there is no recording available of this lecture.

An Anatomical Whodunnit? The Tiger Bronzes by Michelangelo

Fitzwilliam Museum - Tiger BronzeTalk by Professor Peter Abrahams

Recorded Tuesday 8 November 2016, 1pm

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

At the request of the speaker this talk was not recorded.

Healing Through Kindness - Commemorating the centenary of the Royal Masonic Hospital

Talk by Susan SnellThe site of the Royal Masonic Hospital

Recorded Tuesday 18 October 2016, 1pm

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

A Surprising Letter from Turkey - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu fights back against smallpox

Wellcome Images - Lady Mary Wortley MontaguTalk by Professor Gareth Williams

Recorded Tuesday 6 September 2016, 1pm

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Regrettably due to a technical fault there is no recording available of this lecture.

 

Reframing Disability - Hidden histories from the Royal College of Physicians

Chang and Eng, the Siamese Twins, in 1830Talk by Peter Basham and Beth Wilkey

Recorded Tuesday 7 June 2016, 1pm

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Edward Jenner

Edward JennerTalk by Professor Gareth Edwards

Recorded Tuesday 17 May 2016, 1pm

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

An Institutional Childhood: The story of London's Foundling Hospital

Talk by Alison Duke

Recorded Tuesday 5 April 2016, 1pm

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Skeletons in the Closet: The Grant Museum

Lecture by Jack Ashby

Tuesday 1 March 2016, 1pm

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Regrettably due to technical issues there is no recording of this lecture.

The Art of the Image: Leonardo da Vinci and medical imaging

Talk by Professor Peter Abrahams

Recorded Tuesday 16 February 2016, 1pm

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Symposium: Anatomy modelling

Recorded Saturday 30 January

A programme for the day and the speaker abstracts and biographies are available to download.

2015

Wax Anatomies

Recorded Tuesday 24 November 2015, 1pm

Lecture by Dr Sam Alberti

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Regrettably due to technical issues there is no recording of this lecture.

'Past Caring': The history of Bethlem Hospital

Recorded Tuesday 6 October 2015, 1pm

Talk by Caroline Smith

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Jamrach's Exotic Menagerie: The Noah's Ark of the East End

Recorded Tuesday 8 September 2015, 1pm

Talk by Elle Larsson

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

John Quekett - Victorian microscopist

Recorded Tuesday 11 August 2015, 1pm

Talk by Philip Greaves

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Battlefield Medicine at Waterloo

Recorded Tuesday 16 June 2015, 1pm

Lecture by Mr Michael Crumplin

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

'From Womb to Tomb': Medical images in 18th century British art

Recorded Tuesday 5 May 2015, 1pm

Lecture by Dr Fiona Haslam

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Royal Operations

Recorded Tuesday 12 April 2015, 1pm

Lecture by Professor Harold Ellis FRCS

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Regrettably due to technical issues there is no recording of this lecture.

In the Saddle: Horse doctors at war

Recorded Tuesday 17 March 2015, 1pm

Lecture by Dr Paul Watkins MRCVS

Regrettably due to technical issues there is no recording of this lecture.

From the Western Front to Afghanistan: transforming military medicine for a century

Recorded Tuesday 10 February 2015, 1pm

Lecture by Dr Emily Mayhew and Squadron Leader Edward Spurrier RAF

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

War, Art and Surgery: Andrew Graham-Dixon on Henry Tonks

Recorded Wednesday 4 February 2015, 7pm

Lecture by Andrew Graham-Dixon

2014

From Hunter to Helmand: Military medicine then and now

250 years of military medicine and innovation

14-15 November 2014

A timetable for the day and the speaker abstracts and biographies are available to download.

Day 1: Session 1

Day 1: Session 2

Day 1: Session 3

Day 2: Session 1

Day 2: Session 2

Day 2: Session 3

Medical Innovations: Blood and Bacteria

Recorded Tuesday 4 November, 1pm

Lecture by Dr Heidi Doughty and Dr Emma Hutley

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Event in association with the Royal College of Pathologists

Between the Lines - drawings of military medicine past and present

Recorded Tuesday 28 October 2018, 1pm

Lecture by Julia Midgley

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Vesalius: 500 years on

Recorded Tuesday 16 September, 1pm

Lecture by Professor Vivian Nutton

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Eccentric - the life of William Price

Recorded Tuesday 13 May, 1pm

Lecture by Dean Powell

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Regrettably due to technical issues there is no recording of this lecture.

Gideon Mantell: Unfair dismissal?

Recorded Tuesday 1 April, 1pm

Lecture by Professor Joe Cain, University College London

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Regrettably due to technical issues there is no recording of this lecture.

Sir James Paget: Surgeon, teacher and clinical observer

Recorded Tuesday 4 March, 1pm

Lecture by Professor Harold Ellis

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Pathologists: Secret heroes of transplantation

Recorded Tuesday 4 February, 1pm

Lecture by Dr Deborah Sage, specialist in histocompatability

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

This event was held in association with the Royal College of Pathologists.

2013

Surgeons at Sea: The naval surgeon and health of the seaman in the age of Nelson

Tuesday 22 October 2013, 1pm

Lecture by Kevin Brown, Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Regrettably due to technical issues there is no recording of this lecture.

Spotting Mermaids: from William Clift to Sir Henry Wellcome and beyond

Recorded Tuesday 24 September, 1pm.

Lecture by Ross MacFarlane, Wellcome Library

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

"In paynted pots is hidden the deadliest poyson." English delftware drug jars

Recorded Tuesday 6 August, 1pm

Lecture by Briony Hudson, Medical Historian

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

The Hoax and the Hunterian: Piltdown Man and Sir Arthur Keith

Recorded Tuesday 23 July, 1pm

Lecture by Professor Christopher Dean, University College London

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Everard Home: Hero or Villain?

Tuesday 14 May 2013, 1pm

Lecture by Simon Chaplin, Director of the Wellcome Library

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Regrettably due to technical issues there is no recording of this lecture.

'The most unstable and unsubstantial thing possible': Building the Royal College of Surgeons

Recorded Tuesday 23 April, 1pm

Lecture by Stephen Astley, Curator, Sir John Soane's Museum

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

From Barbers to Surgeons

Tuesday 12 February 2013, 1pm

Lecture by Vishy Mahadevan, Barbers' Company Professor of Anatomy

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

(Please note that regrettably due to technical issues there is no recording of this lecture.)

2012

A questions - and answer - of sport

Recorded Wednesday 19 September 2012, 7pm

Panel: Prof. Nicola Maffulli, Prof. Alison McGregor, Prof. Sanjay Sharma.

(Please note that regrettably due to technical issues the early part of this recording is missing.)

Sports Medicine in Britain

Recorded Tuesday 19 June 2012, 1pm

Lecture by Vanessa Heggie

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Lister as a Pathologist

Recorded Tuesday 24 April 2012, 1pm

Lecture by Professor Sir Roddy MacSween

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Learning from Lister: Antisepsis, safer surgery and global health

A multidisciplinary, multidemensional conference

Thursday 22-Saturday 24 March 2012

Recorded at the Royal College of Surgeons: Friday 23 March 2012, 9.15am-5.15pm

A complete programme for the two-day conference is available to download.

Parallel session A: Surgical & obstetric antisepsis

Parallel session B: Modernities

Parallel session B: Surgical & obstetric antisepsis

Parallel session A: Lister, bacteria, artefacts

Carbolic, Casebook and Controversy

Recorded Tuesday 6 March 2012, 1pm

Lecture by Sir Barry Jackson, former President of the RCS

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Lord Lister: the early years

Recorded Tuesday 21 February 2012, 1pm

Lecture by Professor Harold Ellis, Guy's Hospital

(Please note that regrettably due to technical issues the early part of this recording is missing.)

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

2011

A Tall Story: Unravelling the genetics behind Charles Byrne - 'the Irish Giant'

Delivered Wednesday 23 November 2011, 1pm

Lecture by Professor Márta Korbonits and Brendan Holland.

(No recording available - transcript only)

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Disability, Medicine and Museums

Recorded Tuesday 18 October, 7pm

Discussion Panel: Ju Gosling, artist; Jocelyn Dodd and Professor Richard Sandell, University of Leicester; Professor Gus McGrouther, plastic and reconstructive surgeon; Dr Ruth Richardson, Medical Historian.

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Abnormal Conversation

Recorded Saturday 8 October, 1pm

In conversation with artist Ju Gosling (aka ju90) and Museum Director Dr. Sam Alberti

This lecture was supported by Speech-to-text delivered by STAGETEXT. A full transcript of the talk is available to download.

Study Day: Lost Museum

Recorded Saturday 21 May 2011, 10.30am-5pm

The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Medical Museum

Dr Samuel Alberti (Royal College of Surgeons)

London’s Lost Anatomy Shows
Dr Alan Bates (University College London)

The Phantom Museum: Sir Henry Wellcome and his collection
Dr Frances Larson (Durham University)

Lost in the Urban Jungle: Menageries and museums in Georgian London

Dr Chris Plumb (University of Manchester)

“Useful and curious”? Making meaning of the Kew Museums of Economic Botany
Caroline Cornish (Royal Holloway)
https://soundcloud.com/user-385374793/study-day-lost-museum-making?in=user-385374793/sets/hunterian-museum-lectures-and-events-2011

Ruskin at Walkley: Reconstructing the St George's Museum
Dr Marcus Waithe (University of Cambridge)

Cottingham's Museum of Medieval Art
Dr Tim Knox (Sir John Soane’s Museum)

Labyrinth of Living Exhibits

Video recorded Thursday 12 May 2011, 7pm

Panel: Richard Hollingham (Chair), Katherine Araniello, Aaron Williamson, Brian Hurwitz and Sam Alberti

Following the performance event 'Labyrinth of Living Exhibits' in the museum. Artists Aaron Williamson and Katherine Araniello joined a panel discussion with Sam Alberti, Director of the Hunterian. The panel, chaired by the BBC's science correspondent Richard Hollingham, discussed the historical representation of disability and contemporary approaches taken by the medical community. It also focused on how today's medical training views and engages with disabled people.

Event jointly created and curated by The Arts Catalyst and Shape Arts, and held in partnership with Hunterian Museum, London.

Funded by a Wellcome Trust People Award.

Watch recording

Victorian Medicine's Lost Property: Dissecting London's poor

Recorded Tuesday 26 April 2011, 1pm

Lecture by Dr Elizabeth T. Hurren, Oxford Brookes University

Lost in Time and Space: Unrolling Egypt's ancient dead

Recorded Wednesday 23 March 2011, 1pm
Lecture by John J Johnston, UCL

How to Lose a Museum

Recorded Tuesday 8 March 2011, 1pm

Lecture by Dr Samuel Alberti, Royal College of Surgeons

Dr Thomas Willis FRS: Pioneer of the anatomy and physiology of the brain

Recorded Wednesday 26 January 2011, 1pm

Lecture by Dr Allan Chapman FRAS

2010

Wellington's Combat Surgeon: George Guthrie

Recorded Tuesday 2 November 2010, 1pm

Lecture by Michael Crumplin FRCS

George Guthrie was a polymath and also a robust and extremely talented military surgeon, successfully treating many thousands of wounded and sick soldiers during the Peninsula war (1808-1814).

An Unsung Hero? Joseph Naples, resurrectionist

Recorded Tuesday 19 October 2010, 1pm

Lecture by Kirsty Chilton

The story of the life of bodysnatcher and diarist Joseph Naples and the circumstances which made it necessary to rob graves for the progression of medical science.

(Please note that regrettably due to technical issues the early part of this recording is missing.)

Story of London: Surgical Futures

Video recorded Tuesday 5 October 2010

Lecture by: Richard Hollingham, Matthew Gardiner, Siobhan McKay and Joseph Shalhoub

Find out what the future holds for patients undergoing surgery in the next decade. Three experts in their field present the cutting edge research that they are doing to solve some of the most common health issues that will affect us as we age: stroke, cancer and osteoarthritis.

Event chaired by BBC Science correspondent, Richard Hollingham.

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Exhibition Lecture: 'Curious'

Recorded Tuesday 8 June 2010, 1pm

Lecture by: Susanna Edwards

Artist Susanna Edwards discusses her influences and the research behind her current exhibition ‘Curious: the craft of microscopy’ that combines contemporary photography with historical slides and microscopes.

Unfortunately this recording is temporarily unavailable. Apologies for any inconvenience

'Would you ever have thought such a thing possible?' Alexander Fleming and the FRS

Recorded 12 May 2010, 1pm

Lecture by: Kevin Brown

Today, Alexander Fleming is famous for the discovery of penicillin. But Kevin Brown, curator of the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum, exposes the professional rivalries that threatened the career of one of the greatest medical microbiologists of all time.

Microscopes: A key role in transplant surgery

Recorded 11 May 2010, 1pm

Lecture by: Professor Sir Peter Morris AC FRS FRCS

In the last 40 years microscopy has been crucial to advances in surgery that have transformed our ability to treat disease. Sir Peter Morris draws on his own experience to explore the role of the microscope in transplant surgery.

Joseph Lister: Surgeon and microscopist

Recorded 28 April 2010, 1pm

Lecture by: Professor Harold Ellis CBE FRCS

Harold Ellis charts the story of Joseph Lister FRS, who followed in the footsteps of his father, a wine merchant and distinguished amateur microscopist, to develop the skills that led to a new understanding of wound infection and to the introduction of antiseptic surgery.

Blood under the Microscope: William Hewson, an 18th century anatomist

Recorded 20 April 2010, 1pm

Lecture by: Tania Kausmally

Join Tania Kausmally, historian and archaeologist as she lays bare the history of 18th-century anatomist and microscopist William Hewson, the father of modern haematology.

2009

The Scandalous Worsleys: Sex and celebrity divorce in the 18th century

Recorded 11 June 2009, 7pm

Lecture by: Hallie Rubenhold

Making Sex Electric: Dr James Graham and his 'Celestial Bed'

Recorded 20 May 2009, 7pm

Lecture by: Dr Lydia Syson

Darwin's London

Recorded on 16 May 2009

Lectures:

Introduction: Why Darwin Matters

Professor Steve Jones (University College London)

What was Darwin doing in London?
Dr John van Wyhe (University of Cambridge)

Darwin in London - Homes and Haunts
Dr Joe Cain (University College London)

Darwin’s London Friends and Foes
Dr Jim Endersby (University of Sussex)

Mapping social evolution: social Darwinism and London
Professor Greta Jones (University of Ulster)

Romantic Surgery, Radical Politics and Revolutionary Bodysnatching

Lecture by: Druin Burch

Recorded on 30 April 2009, 1pm

The Surgeon, the Countess, her Husband and his Lover

Lecture by: Wendy Moore

Talk on 19 March 2009, 7pm

Spiders' Silks and Webs

Lecture by Professor Fritz Vollrath, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Recorded on 9 March 2007

For more information please see the zoology department website users.ox.ac.uk

Medicine with a Mission: Suffragettes as army surgeons

Lecture by: Jennian F Geddes

Recorded on 5 March 2009, 1pm

Please note that only part of this recording is available

2008

Sir Bernard Spilsbury - hero or villain?

Lecture by: Andrew Rose

Recorded on 25 November 2008, 1pm

Disease and Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt: the contribution of modern science

Lecture by: Professor Rosalie David OBE

Recorded on 12 November 2008, 1pm

The Dread Table: Public Dissection at Surgeons' Hall

Simon Chaplin

Recorded on 15 May 2008, 1pm

The Artist and the Anatomist

Professor Harold Ellis

Recorded on 24 April 2008, 7pm

Criminals, Bishops and other (in)famous bodies in the Hunterian Museum

Simon Chaplin

Recorded on 10 April 2008, 1pm

Gray's Anatomy and those who created it

Lecture by: Dr Ruth Richardson

Recorded on 3 April 2008

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