The Hunterian Museum will continue its series of events that reveal the connections between microscopy and medicine. The Lens of Life programme has been organised as part of the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary celebrations in 2010.
Blood under the microscope: William Hewson, an 18th-century anatomist
Thursday 20 April, 1pm
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.
Plus free tour of Benjamin Franklin House, where Hewson lived and worked. Tour dates: Monday 26 April at 12, 1, 2, 3.15 and 4.15pm.
Lunchtime lectures and museum tours are free but booking is essential on 020 7869 6560.
Joseph Lister, surgeon and microscopist
Wednesday 28 April, 7pm
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.
Evening lecture tickets cost £5. Free entry plus one guest to fellows/members; free to affiliates and medical students. Booking is essential on 020 7869 6560.
The College Library will be open on the night with a special display on Lister for lecture ticket holders from 6–7pm.
Curious: the craft of microscopy
An exhibition by Susanna Edwards
Tuesday 16 February-Saturday 3 July
Qvist Gallery, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Free and open to all
Several years ago artist Susanna Edwards happened upon a collection of Victorian microscopic slides in a second-hand shop. Intrigued by the creativity and dexterity involved in making these delicate objects, she began to research the history of microscopy. Her exhibition traces her project, exploring microscopy as craft and technology, art and science. Through stunning photography, her exhibition reveals the way in which developments in microscopy have changed the way we see the world.
Supported by the Royal Microscopical Society, the Arts Council, London, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
The Hunterian Museum
Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Open: Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm
Nearest tube: Holborn
T: 020 7869 6560