Great Expectations

Written by on April 23, 2015

Friday, 15 May 2015.

After the success of last year’s event we’re very excited to once again be taking part in Festival of Museums. The festival runs from the 15th-17th May 2015 with lots of museums and heritage sites across Scotland taking part. You can find out more at http://www.festivalofmuseums.co.uk/

Our event takes place on the 15th May when we’ll be hosting a special evening celebrating the fascinating history of midwifery. In celebration of 100 years of the Midwife (Scotland) Act, Joan Cameron, who is Senior Lecturer in the Mother and Infant Research Unit at the University of Dundee, will be delivering a lecture discussing the contribution of midwifery to the care of women and babies. The evening will also showcase some amazing items from our collection including the beautifully illustrated Gravid Uterus by Scottish anatomist and surgeon William Hunter (1718-1783), the ground-breaking works of obstetrician William Smellie (1697-1763) and a selection of early midwifery instruments.

Refreshments will be available from 6.15pm with the chance to view our special midwifery exhibition. The lecture begins at 7pm.

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact library@rcpsg.ac.uk or call 0141 221 6072.

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The College’s heritage collections – including thousands of medical and surgical instruments, rare books, archives, and pictures – span over 6 centuries and are an excellent resource for exploring the history of medicine and the history of the city of Glasgow. Many items from the collections have been digitised and are available to view here. Our digitisation work is ongoing, and we add new items to the site regularly, so keep checking back to discover more.

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