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Medical Museum Artefacts on Display at 'Unearthed' Event

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The Infirmary Medical Museum will launch its Family Summer Programme next week, with a special day devoted to discovering the secrets of bones found at the site by archaeologists during excavations in 2007.

The ‘Unearthed’ event is being held on Tuesday July 29, between 11am and 4pm, with visitors able to take part in mini digs, tour behind the scenes of The Infirmary and explore the macabre practices of dissection and amputation in the museum’s medical gallery.

During the 18th century, the thirst for gaining knowledge on the inner workings of the body through dissection or anatomisation took a gruesome turn when demand for bodies outstripped supply, leading to grave robbing.

Carol Bowsher, Learning and Access Officer at The Infirmary, says that the event will provide young and old alike with a great opportunity to learn about the history of medical practice and discoveries made on the site, which now forms part of the University’s City Campus.

“Unearthed will be a great family event, and will allow people to get hands-on experience and learn more about the bones that were found on site and what they tell us about past diseases and dissection.

“Visitors can also have a go at our digital amputation station and see surgeon’s tools – from bone saws to horse hair – on display. Children’s University participants are also able to stamp their learning passports at the event.”

The exhibition is open all day and admission to the event and exhibition is free.

Unearthed, run in conjunction with the Festival of Archaeology and Worcestershire’s Archaeology Service, is the first of a series of event running at The Infirmary throughout the summer.

On August 16, ‘Walking Wounded’ will enable visitors to explore World War One displays and artefacts and try their hand at bandaging techniques, whilst The Infirmary, in conjunction with Heritage Open Days, will host ‘Time to Care – Nursing Throughout the Ages’ on September 13, giving people the chance to explore the former hospital in detail.

For more information, contact Carol Bowsher at c.bowsher@worc.ac.uk or telephone 01905 542540.