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Soutra: Surgery & Superstition project - calendar of events revealed

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Surgeons' Hall Museum has revealed its calendar of events for the Heritage Lottery funded project Soutra: Surgery & Superstition, which runs throughout October 2017.

The project is part of a £7,000 HLF Stories, Stones and Bones grant that the museum received in May this year. project is part of a £7,000 HLF Stories, Stones and Bones grant that the museum received in May this year. Throughout October the Museums will host five different events working collaboratively with Dig It! 2017,  Mercat Tours and Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland.

On 4 October, Human Remains Conservator, Cat Irving, will host an intimate talk on disease in the Middle Ages. On 14 October, Borders based storyteller and artist Mary Kenny will host a participatory workshop where attendees will be able to develop their own storytelling skills and talents. 

On 17 and 18 October, the Museums Learning Team will host their very first Medieval Elixir workshop for children, where parents and kids will get the chance to try their hand at apothecary and make their own elixir to take home with them. On 19 October Dr Brian Moffat will give a special lecture on the Soutra Aisle Monastic Hospital, a project he has been leading since the mid 1980s.

To close the month of Soutra focused events, A Cabaret of Pestilence, a multi-disciplinary showcase event, which features as part of the Museums at Night weekend and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, will run from 27 to 29 October. On a guided tour through the streets of Edinburgh, ticket holders will be entertained by professional tour guides, storytellers, actors, a gospel choir and a community participants before finishing up at Surgeons’ Hall Museums for evening access to the Museums & special activities until 10pm.

Interpreting history

Chris Henry, Director of Heritage at Surgeons’ Hall Museums said 'Soutra: Surgery & Superstition is a unique opportunity for an institution like ours to link up with organisations carrying out research in related areas of medical history. Our range of storytelling, music and theatrical events demonstrates our commitment to interpreting history in new and exciting ways. We are very pleased to be a part of this'.

Surgeons' Hall Museums, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW; tel: 0131 527 1711; website.

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