My wife and I visited the museum on our honeymoon, it was on the list of things to do before we got to Edinburgh. We spent a good few hours walking round, seeing how medical... read more
Surgeons’ Hall Museums (SHM), part of the Royal College of Surgeons of...
Surgeons’ Hall Museums (SHM), part of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, houses one of the largest and most historic collections of artefacts charting the history and development of surgery. The collections include surgical instruments and artworks and one of the largest collections of anatomical specimens in the world.
These specimens are displayed in the Wohl Pathology Museum, which is located within the iconic building designed by William Playfair in 1832.
All of the exhibits which have made SHM world-famous will be back on display: including a pocket book made from the skin of the infamous murderer, William Burke; and exhibits relating to Dr Joseph Bell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s teacher and main inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, the highlight of which is a letter from the author crediting his mentor as such.
The reopened SHM, whose transformation has been supported by a £2.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will also feature even more interactive and display exhibits, which will help visitors from all around the world discover the stories and breakthroughs that have shaped modern surgical practice.