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Manchester Science Festival

at The John Rylands Library

The 2016 Manchester Science Festival returns to the city for its 10th year from Thursday, 20 October to Sunday, 30 October.

Play, create and experiment with your scientific side as Manchester Science Festival brings together a unique blend of art, workshops, performances and big experiences for all ages across Greater Manchester.

The John Rylands Library is delighted to support the Manchester Science Festival with our fantastic new exhibition, Imagining Medicine and see how 16th and 17th-century surgical procedures have been reimagined through the photography of Sian Bonnell. Based on images in The John Rylands Library collections, these playful yet intriguing photographs will make you think again about medical illustration.

We have a late night event, An Evening of Imagining Medicine which will give you a unique opportunity to meet the people behind our Imagining Medicine exhibition, artist Dr Sian Bonnell and art historian Dr Cordelia Warr, together with experts on our Medical Collection. Book a place now, for free, via the Manchester Science Festival website.

Finally, come and see our ongoing Capturing Science exhibition, which explores themes of medicine, astronomy, engineering and industry from around the globe.

All our events are free of charge and we hope you’ll join us to celebrate science in the city of Manchester.

Imagining Medicine exhibition

14 October - 22 December 2016

Imagining-Medicine-180x180.jpg‌‌‌Hammers, vacuum cleaners and duck beaks: see how 16th and 17th-century surgical procedures have been reimagined through the photography of Sian Bonnell.

Bonnell's photographs take inspiration from illustrations of surgery from the 17th century. Surgery was often limited to simple procedures, some of which, such as amputation or the removal of bladder stones, were extremely risky. Patients could die through blood loss or infection following the operation and there was no anaesthetic.

Based on images in The John Rylands Library collections, these playful yet intriguing photographs will make you think again about medical illustration.

 


 

An Evening of Imagining Medicine

Wednesday, 26 October: 6pm

evening-with-im.jpg‌‌Join us at The John Rylands Library for a unique opportunity to meet the people behind our Imagining Medicine exhibition, artist Dr Sian Bonnell and art historian Dr Cordelia Warr, together with experts on our Medical Collection.

Sian and Cordelia recruited University of Manchester students to research and re-enact illustrations of surgical procedures from our Medical Collections. Photographed by Sian, the images are brought to life in a way that is playful but which also provokes serious thought.

Alongside the compelling photographs, you will be introduced to the practices that made up early modern medicine by experts from the University, as well as having the rare opportunity to view the Medical Collections up-close and discover our striking Library after hours.

Booking is required, but the event is free. Book your place via the Manchester Science Festival website.

  


  

Capturing Science: Images Past and Present

Thursday, 29 September 2016 - Sunday, 29 January 2017

capturing-science-refresh.jpg‌‌A picture is worth a thousand words and captures a moment in time. Manchester is European City of Science throughout 2016 and to celebrate this, we are sharing a selection of our science collections.

From the end of medieval times to the present day, we’ll be exploring themes of medicine, astronomy, engineering and industry from around the globe.

Located in the Historic Reading Room, open daily, free entry.


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Manchester Science Festival
Thursday 20 October – Sunday 30 October
Play, create and experiment with your scientific side as Manchester Science Festival brings together a unique blend of art, workshops, performances and big experiences for all ages across Greater Manchester.

For more information on Manchester Science Festival, please visit www.manchestersciencefestival.com.

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