Rehoming Schetky- Uncovering our Hidden Gems

Our new Project Assistant, Danielle started at the Museum in April. In this blog she tells us a little more about her upcoming project. Even though I’m not from a medical background, I’ve always had a bit of a passion for medical history. Anyone who knows me will probably attest that I have a bit…

The Work of Sandie Youngson

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is proud to present an exhibition celebrating the work of Scottish artist Sandie Youngson. The exhibition displays a sample of the artists work and aims to raise awareness and funds for the My Name5 Doddie foundation and their tireless efforts in the fight against Motor Neurone Disease. The…

A fatal domestic incident on the High Street in 1831

Our Senior Research Fellow, Professor Ken Donaldson, takes a look at a murder which took place in 1831. On the night of the 18th of July 1831 police were called to a ‘domestic’ at number 187 in the High Street of Edinburgh’s old town. By then the better-off had decamped to the shiny and spacious…

A Model Education

Our Curator gives an insight into the history of anatomical models and what is on display in our temporary exhibition

Repatriation

In this blog our Curator, Louise Wilkie, talks about the recent repatriation of ancestral remains to Hawai’i. Yesterday we repatriated an iwi kūpuna (ancestral remains) to Hawai’i Repatriation in Heritage is the process by which cultural objects and ancestral remains are returned to the nation of origin by request. Repatriations are becoming a more common…

A History of Treating Breast Cancer

In this blog post our Human Remains Conservator, Cat Irving, takes a look at the history of treating breast cancer. In 1929, the American photographer Lee Miller was working for Vogue Magazine in Paris. She’d started her career as a model, but had ended up behind the camera. While her work for Vogue would focus…

Dr. Robert Knox: Innocent or Guilty?

In this blog our Senior Research Fellow, Professor Ken Donaldson, takes a closer look at Dr. Robert Knox’s involvement with Burke and Hare. The Burke and Hare tale is one of the best known of the stories from Edinburgh’s dark history. Dr Robert Knox, the anatomist was vilified for buying the bodies all 16 of…