Worcester's medical museums have a proven past of engaging HE students with topics of health and medicine, both at the University of Worcester and beyond. Thanks to the varied nature of displays and available collections, the museums have worked with students from a range of subject disciplines like Archaeology, Social Sciences, Psychology, Computer Design, History, Graphic Design and those on teaching courses.
If you are a student or tutor wishing to arrange a workshop, tour or bespoke session for your HE class, please get in touch.
Both museums have a programme of events which includes conferences and lectures, providing the museums with a great opportunity to engage those members of the public who would not normally be able to visit during normal daily opening hours. If you are interested in hosting a conference at either of the museums, or have an idea for a lecture series, please get in touch.
In July 2015, the George Marshall Medical Museum hosted its annual evening of lectures in the lecture theatre at the Charles Hastings Education Centre.
After the success of the museum's last evening of talks about the Black Death, the museum was thrilled to host the 2015 event upon the theme of human anatomy.
Talks included fascinating insights from Professor Jonathan Reinarz (University of Birmingham) "Anatomy in the Academy: Bones, bodies and Birmingham Medical School 1825-1900"; Dr. June Jones (University of Birmingham) "Repatriation of Human Remains"; Mr. Steven Thrush MBBS, FRCS (Gen Surg), "Anatomy in Breast Surgery and Reconstruction"; and Dr. Penelope Slaney "History of Radiology".
In 2016, the Museum's evening of talks was titled "Patient Matters: Perspectives in Mental Health". Speakers engaged the audience with information around the broad theme of the history of mental health with a specific focus on treatment and the patient. Dr. Frank Crompton spoke about patients at Powick Hospital between 1852-1916.
In July, 2015, The Infirmary Museum was host to the UK Association for the History of Nursing's Research Colloquium.
The history of nursing is a well-established field of academic study, pursued both by nurse-historians and by researchers from other disciplines, including history itself, English literature and sociology to name a few. Its interdisciplinarity is reflected in the themes which run through nursing history conferences: gender and race studies, colonial history, transnational relationships, class, politics and international studies, in addition to the development of nursing science and practice.
Speakers included: Christine Gowing (University of Birmingham) "Complementary and alternative medicine in British Nursing Practice 1948-2000"; Mary Ann Thompson "Sisters of Charity nurses in Civil War Louisville, Kentucky"; Fran Badger (University of Worcester) "Yours Respectfully, Agnes Louisa Smith, Trained Nurse, Considering Poor Law Midwifery and Nursing in the English Midlands, 1834-1881"; and many others.