Time Out selected the Hunterian Museum for its list of Five London Art Exhibitions To See in May 2023: "Don’t worry about boring old paintings, sculptures, manuscripts and all the usual museum guff, because the Hunterian is about to reopen and it has something way more interesting: human remains. The anatomical collection of nineteenth century doctor John Hunter has been hidden away for a few years as the Hunterian underwent a big refurb, but it’s about to reopen, and we can all now go and stare at jars full of human bits and cases full of human pieces."
The Londonist: "A beloved (albeit somewhat gruesome) central London museum finally reopens this May — yes, the Hunterian is back. Closed since 2019, the Hunterian, in Lincoln's Inn Fields, is an eye-opening collection of the anatomical and the surgical...Following a £4.6 million redesign by Casson Mann (museum specialists who've worked everywhere from the V&A to Nottingham Castle), the Hunterian reopens on 16 May 2023. Its new look includes a permanent installation of Concourse (2), one of a series of Barbara Hepworth drawings of surgical teams."
The Hippocratic Post: "After a six-year closure and a £4.6 million re-design, by award winning design studio Casson Mann, the Hunterian Museum re-opens its doors on 16th May, as part of a larger redevelopment of the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s headquarters at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London...The history of surgery is dramatic and often unsettling with stories of terrible human suffering. Historic medical collections, like the Hunterian, are also incredibly valuable in giving us a better understanding of our own health and wellbeing and the complex issues that have arisen in the development of the art and science of surgery."
"The history of surgery is dramatic and often unsettling with stories of terrible human suffering. Historic medical collections, like the Hunterian, are also incredibly valuable in giving us a better understanding of our own health and wellbeing and the complex issues that have arisen in the development of the art and science of surgery."
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Museums Association: "More than 2,000 anatomical specimens prepared by Hunter will be displayed alongside instruments, equipment, models, paintings and archival material. “It is tremendously exciting to welcome the public back”, said Dawn Kemp, director of museums and special collections at the Royal College of Surgeons of England...Kemp acknowledged that history was made within the museum’s walls “both for good and bad”. Renowned as the place where dinosaurs were named and where Charles Darwin came for advice on fossils, it is also “where some of those closely involved in the Western ‘colonial project’ developed sinister and awful ideas on racial theory”, she said. “Its history makes it a unique place to contemplate what it is to be human. A place to reflect and consider our shared and finite natural world and our responsibility to care for the well-being of our fellow humans and all living things. A place to exchange ideas and views and to review our shared histories through the widest possible lens.”