Sketching the Surgeons’ Hall Museums reopening

SurgeonsHall_ToolsoftheTradeLast week saw the hugely anticipated reopening of the Surgeons’Hall Museums after a major refurbishment, and I was there to capture the day in sketches.

Having been closed for 18 months to undergo a £4 million transformation, the new combined space 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.


I was in my element sketching from the many beautifully displayed exhibits for an hour before the doors opened to the public. My sketch above shows how the surgeons surgical instruments are displayed in one glass case.


There are many interactive displays too, I loved having a go at key hole surgery, very tricky indeed, and tying a surgeons knot. You can also take a seat at a 17th Century Anatomy Theatre in the History of Surgery Museum, and watch as a (plastic) body is dissected and explained as if you were a 17th Century student.


There were many events on throughout the day including a welcoming speech from crime writer Val McDermid and Professor Sue Black, Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology. Also there was a Crime Scene re-enactment where visitors could try and solve the clues and find a murderer.


Below are the rest of my sketches from the day for you to look through. If you would like to book myself to sketch your event then please drop me an email at


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Admission to the Surgeons’ Hall Museums is £6 per adult, £3.50 concessions.


The Surgeons Hall Museums website

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