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Model Peoples: Exhibiting Race, Empire and Anthropology in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Surgeons' Hall Museums

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 from 18:00 to 19:30 (BST)

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‘Model Peoples: Exhibiting Race, Empire and Anthropology in Nineteenth-Century Britain’ With Dr. Sadiah Qureshi.

Throughout the nineteenth century, foreign peoples were imported to Britain to perform songs, dances and other cultural rites in museums, dance halls and world fairs. These shows were marketed as chances to indulge one’s curiosity whilst seeing scientifically significant human specimens. This talk will explore the historical importance of displayed peoples for understanding race and the emergence of anthropology in the nineteenth century.

With a special introduction by Sir Geoff Palmer.

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Surgeons' Hall Museums

The award winning Museums are open to the public, 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm and are home to one of the largest and most historic pathology collections in the United Kingdom.

Surgeons’ Hall Museums reopened in 2015 after a major £4.4 million Heritage Lottery Funded redevelopment project. As one of the oldest Museums in Scotland, the collections grew from 1699 after 'natural and artificial curiosities' were publically sought,  with the Playfair Building opening in 1832 to house the Barclay and Bell collections. Whilst the Museums were initially established as a medical teaching resource, all are now welcome to visit. 

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