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Communicating Medicine: Objects and Objectives

Audience at the meeting

This workshop was held at CHSTM on 7 March 2008.

Conference Reports

Read the reports on this website by
Emm Barnes and
Ray Macauley
and on the weblog of the Medical Museion by
Thomas Söderqvist


09.00-09.30: Registration and coffee

09.30-10.30 Introductions (chair: John Pickstone)

  • Introduction to the issues – John Pickstone
  • Introduction to the Medical Museion – Thomas Söderqvist
  • Introduction to the Boerhaave Museum – Dirk van Delft
  • Wellcome Collection: a new public venue – Lisa Jamieson
  • Introduction to the University of Manchester – Emm Barnes

10.30-12.00: London & Manchester (chair: Thomas Söderqvist)

  • "'Sleeping and Dreaming' at Wellcome Collection" – Kate Forde
  • "Communicating Medical Research: Updating the Health Matters Gallery at the Science Museum" – Katie Maggs (Science Museum, Kensington)
  • "Big Machines and Small Wonders: Ingenuity in Adapting Equipment and Engineering Skills to Create Total Hip Replacements" – Francis Neary (Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge)

12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00-14.30: Leiden and Copenhagen (chair: Carsten Timmermann)

  • "Exposing 'My Skin': Communicating Body History" – Mieneke Te Hennepe (Boerhaave Museum, Leiden)
  • "Age on Stage: The Making of the Exhibition Oldetopia" – Camilla Mordhorst (Medical Museion, Copenhagen)
  • "Making Sense or Sensing the Made: from historical interpretation to material presence in biomedical museum settings" – Thomas Söderqvist (Medical Museion, Copenhagen)

14.30-15.00: Coffee

15.00-16.30: Copenhagen (chair: Emm Barnes)

  • "Curating biomedical software: the case of epidemiological risk assessment tools" – Susanne Bauer (Medical Museion)
  • "Pill cam visions: endoscopic diagnosis as  public spectacle" – Jan-Eric Olsén (Medical Museion)
  • "How to make contact with the materialities of recent biomedicine" – Søren Bak-Jensen (Medical Museion)

16.30-17.00: Closing discussion

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