Book said to be made from William Burke's skin
Dental artwork
Robert Knox - display in History of Surgery Museum
Surgeons' Hall - Playfair Building
Skull at Surgeons' Hall Pathology Museum
Surgeons' Hall - History of Surgery Museum
A trephined skull

Past Exhibitions

Surgeons at War 1939-1945

Surgeons at War 1939-1945

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two, Surgeons’ Hall Museum presents a temporary display of material relating to the practice of surgery in theatres of war from 1939-45. The exhibition highlights the contribution of some of the Fellows of RCSEd and other Scottish doctors including: Sir John Bruce, John Gillingham, Donald Young, Jock Milne, Angus Hedley Whyte and Dr Thomas Durie.

Written on the Body - August 2008 to January 2009

Written on the Body - August 2008 to January 2009

The exhibition was part of the larger national programme, led by the National Library of Scotland, Scottish Printing Archival Trust and the Scottish Print Employers Federation, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the printed word in Scotland.

Scotland and Medicine in Print shows examples of the printing and publishing of medical and health related works in Scotland over the past 500 years. The content of this exhibition will continue to grow, further illustrating Scotland’s rich heritage in the development of medical printing.

Visit www.scotlandandmedicineinprint.com for more details (opens in a new browser window).

The Scottish Womens' Hospitals - July 2005 to June 2006

The Scottish Womens' Hospitals - July 2005 to June 2006

..."these quiet women...were the true pioneers. They did not call upon the world to listen to what women might, could or should do under quite different conditions; they simply did - under the existing conditions - first the thing that needed to be done, then and there"...

Audubon in Edinburgh - 1st August 2003 to 29 September 2003

Audubon in Edinburgh - 1st August 2003 to 29 September 2003

'My situation here borders almost on the miraculous. Without education, [and with] scarce one of those qualities necessary to render a man able to pass thro the throng of the learned here, I am positively looked on by all the Professors & many of the principal persons here as a very extraordinary man.'

John James Audubon, American ornithologist and artist, c.1826.

"...a fascinating exhibition."

The Scotsman, 16 September 2003.

Surgery Comes Clean - 6 August to 31 August 2002

Surgery Comes Clean - 6 August to 31 August 2002

The life and works of Joseph Lister (1827 - 1912).

Henry Wade Scientist, Soldier & Surgeon - 10 August to 4 September 1999

Henry Wade Scientist, Soldier & Surgeon - 10 August to 4 September 1999

The life and work of a distinguished Edinburgh surgeon of this century.

50 Years of Surgery - 6 July to 5 September 1999

50 Years of Surgery - 6 July to 5 September 1999

Celebrating 50 years of the National Health Service.

The Art of Dentistry - 12 August to 30 August 1997

The Art of Dentistry - 12 August to 30 August 1997

A unique collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century paintings and lithographs illustrating the dentist at work.

William MacGillivray (1796 -1852) - July to October 1996

William MacGillivray (1796 -1852) - July to October 1996

Celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of the distinguished scientist and artist and commemorating his work as Museum Conservator from 1831-1841.

Charles Bell: Surgeon, Physiologist, Artist and Author - 12 August to 30 August 1996

Charles Bell: Surgeon, Physiologist, Artist and Author - 12 August to 30 August 1996

Surgeon, physiologist, artist and author.

Michael Esson Painter in Residence: Body of Work - 30 May to 8 June 1994

Michael Esson Painter in Residence: Body of Work - 30 May to 8 June 1994

An exhibition of contemporary images based upon anatomical and surgical procedures.

The Art of Sir Roy Calne - 15 August to 3 September 1994

The Art of Sir Roy Calne - 15 August to 3 September 1994

Pioneering transplant surgeon.

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