Nursing Family History Workshop

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

10th February 2018 | 10:00AM

“Mummy, what did you do in the war?”
Nursing Family History Workshop
Find out how to research your Great War family history, with a focus on nursing and VAD stories. The day will feature a mixture of talks and practical sessions, from exploring nursing records online to creative writing and family history. Speakers include family history expert Kirsty Gray, nurse and poet Molly Case, and Dick and Lisa Robinson, who will talk about Dick’s great aunt, First World War nurse Edith Appleton.
Lunch and tea and coffee is included in the ticket price.

Draft Programme
10.30 Registration & Coffee
11.00 Welcome and introduction to the RCN
11.15 Speaker 1: Researching your First World War family history
Kirsty Gray, Family Wise Ltd
12.00 Workshop 1
12.45 Lunch and exhibition viewing
13.45 Workshop 2
14.30 Speaker 2: Nursing in the First World War
Dick and Lisa Robinson on Dick’s aunt, First World War nurse Edith Appleton
15.30 Comfort Break
16.00 Workshop 3
16.45 Close of event

Workshops (everyone will do all 3 workshops in small groups):
Treasures Tour: view the First World War scrapbooks and treasures from the RCN collections
Ancestry & Nursing Records Online: Practical session using Ancestry and online nursing history research resources
All We Leave Behind: Excavating Our Family History: Creative writing workshop with nurse and poet Molly Case

Tickets £8 per person (£7 for RCN members)

From Past to Present – Natural Cosmetics Unwrapped

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

15th February 2018 | 9:00AM

On 15th February 2018, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society will host a conference focused on the study of natural cosmetics over time. This conference is co-organised by the University of Oxford, the University of Glasgow, Keele University and with the support of the Art and Humanities Research Council (Science in Culture).

For thousands of years, cosmetic products have been made with a range of minerals and organic substances. With the development of long distance commercial routes, the diversity of cosmetics increased drastically during Antiquity. In the last few centuries, many such cosmetics have been produced, marketed, and distributed by the cosmetic industry with classical influences. For example, the recipes of medical writers such as Hippocrates and Galen were sources of inspiration. Mythological and historical figures such as Hygieia and Cleopatra also appeared prominently on the packaging and advertising. Today, some cosmetics are still produced exclusively with natural substances and their advertisements sometimes refer to ancient times.

This conference features talks by national and international researchers including a guest lecture by writer, TV presenter and ethnobotanist James Wong @botanygeek.  It will approach cosmetics from an interdisciplinary perspective, incorporating elements from the classics, ancient history, archaeology, bioarchaeology, pharmacy and pharmacology.

Subject areas covered include but is not limited to the following:

Literary and documentary evidence for cosmetics in ancient and historical periods
Scientific analysis of ancient and historical cosmetics
Reception of ancient cosmetics in later historical periods and in the contemporary world
Experimental reconstruction of ancient and historical cosmetics

For those interested, a free workshop on natural cosmetics will also be organised at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on the afternoon of Friday 16th of February. More information and tickets available here:

Cosmetics Unwrapped – Workshop

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

16th February 2018 | 1:00PM

Free Admission

Friday, February 16 at 1pm to 4pm

Have you ever wondered what goes into your skincare products you use?
Have you ever wondered what makes them smell so nice?
Have you ever wondered how they keep your skin looking healthy?

If so, come and join us for an afternoon of fun family-oriented activities and find out the answers to all your questions!

You will get the chance to try natural cosmetics.
You will also get the opportunity to design (and keep) cosmetic advertisements and packaging.

The event is open to the public for free but please do register to get your ticket.

This workshop is organised with the financial support of the Art and Humanities Research Council and the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Keele University).

*Warning : Items on display are potential allergens. Please do not touch if you suspect you have an allergy or a confirmed allergy to any of the substances on display.*

If you want more information, please get in touch with us!

PROJECTIONS: Neurosis on Film

Freud Museum London

19th February 2018 | 7:00PM

Six-week evening course
Mondays 7-9pm
19 February – 26 March 2018

Scottish physician William Cullen first employed the term ‘neurosis’ in 1769 to summarise “general diseases of the sense or motion” where there appeared to be no observable organic cause. Sigmund Freud redefined and popularised the neurosis diagnosis in the 20th century, developing it as a central construct in psychoanalytic theory and practice.

PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation. PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in psychoanalytic theory is not necessary – the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.

Advance viewing is optional, select scenes and montages will be shown during weekly sessions (see filmography below).

Week 1 – HYSTERIA: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Opening Night (1977), Belle De Jour (1967)

Week 2 – OBSESSIONAL NEUROSIS: Brokeback Mountain (2005), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Week 3 – MELANCHOLIA: Les Amours Imaginaires (2010), Knight Of Cups (2015), A Single Man (2009)

Week 4 – LINGUISTIC BLOCK: Deconstructing Harry (1997), Synecdoche, New York (2008), Adaptation (2002)

Week 5 – EXISTENTIAL ANGST: Seconds (1966), Into the Wild (2007), The Zero Theorem (2013)

Week 6 – ETERNAL RETURN: Vertigo (1958), Interstellar (2014), The Duke of Burgundy (2014)


Full Price: £100
Friend of the Museum: £75
Student/unwaged: £75

BLACK BOOK: Sacha Craddock in conversation with artist Gideon Rubin

Freud Museum London

20th February 2018 | 7:00PM

Art critic and writer Sacha Craddock will be in conversation with artist Gideon Rubin about his Freud Museum project BLACK BOOK and discussing the way propaganda is used to generate racial conflict, which in turn affects the plight of asylum seekers and refugees.

The conversation will be moderated by curator James Putnam.

The artist’s specially created project for Freud’s final home relates to the era of the late 1930s, when Freud left Vienna for London. A series of paintings on canvas, linen and paper take inspiration drawn from original pre-WW2 German magazines that Rubin has collected. The idealised images of heath and efficiency in the magazines were designed to promote the myth of Aryan supremacy in Nazi propaganda. Rubin has subverted these images in his characteristic style by masking out the faces, Nazi references and swastika motifs. The process relates to our human tendency to block out unpleasant memories from our psyche.

BLACK BOOK is the latest exhibition in a critically acclaimed series curated by James Putnam on display at the Museum from 7 February – 15 April 2018.


Full Price £10
Friends of the Museum £7
Students / concessions £7

Advanced booking highly recommended.

Museum Talk: The History of Normansfield’s Buildings

Langdon Down Museum

24th February 2018 | 11:00AM

A one hour talk about the development of the buildings at Normansfield from 1868 until 2016 using maps, architectural drawings and photographs.

Normansfield was the home and institution developed by the famous Victorian physician Dr John Langdon Down and his family where a revolutionary and enlightened approach was developed for the care, education and training of people with learning disabilities.

When he arrived in 1868 he bought the White House and over the coming years extended the building. The theatre John and Mary Langdon Down created has been restored and is still in use today with a large Victorian scenery collection.

On the 42 acre site, they set up a farm and workshops with a boat house on the Thames. In 1951 Normansfield became an NHS hospital with new residential buildings including a school, arts centre and hydrotherapy pool. Since its closure in 1997 much of the site has been converted to housing and part of the original building is now home to the Down’s Syndrome Association.

The talk includes new research carried out through a recent U3A project.

Cost: Free. Booking not required.

‘The very best education for medical students’: discovering the history of St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College

St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum & Archives

28th February 2018 | 5:30PM

SBHMS-P-5 R V Payne teaching in Path Museum

St Bartholomew’s Hospital Archives and Barts Pathology Museum are holding an event to celebrate a project to catalogue and conserve the records of the former St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College

Venue: Barts Pathology Museum, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield

Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm (presentation will begin at 6pm)

The event is free and includes an opportunity to view highlights from the collection, a temporary display focusing on student activities and of course the chance to see the unique pathology museum.

There will be a presentation and refreshments are available.

Register now while places are still available!