The Poynter Lecture 2016
Finding Patients in the Medical Museum
Dr Sam Alberti
Keeper of Science and Technology,
National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh
Wednesday 12th October 2016 AGM at 5.00 pm
Drinks reception from 5 .15 pm Lecture begins at 6.00 pm
In this lecture, Sam Alberti, until recently Director of Museums at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, will describe how museums have gone from strength to strength in recent years and celebrate the undeniable achievements of the heroes of modern medicine: Hunter, Jenner, Lister, Wellcome, Fleming. But what of their patients? What of the populations whose lives were impacted by vaccination, antisepsis and Penicillin? Alongside and within the narratives of clinical and scientific achievements, museums are also interrogating what medical collections have to tell us about the lives and experiences of those treated, past and present. To connect to their audiences and to present a rounded history of medicine, museums must find these patients.
This lecture is free for members of organisations affiliated to the British Society for the History of Medicine
Prior to the lecture, in the afternoon the current Wellcome exhibitions will be available for viewing.
A drinks reception will be provided by Wellcome between 5.15 pm and 6.00 pm