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School pupils learning about the objects from the Museum of Medicine and Health

Using the collection

The Museum of Medicine and Health is accessed by students and staff at the University, as well as local communities and national galleries and museums.

Art Gallery and Museum Studies students

Since 2014, MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies students in the University’s School of Arts, Languages and Cultures have had access to our collection.

The students use the collection to get practical experience of carrying out museum professional tasks like documentation and condition reports.

Research plays an important part in the students’ work with objects in the collection. The students get the opportunity to interpret their objects for public display as part of this module.

It was a fantastic opportunity to work with the Museum of Medicine and Health to gain knowledge of working with real museum collections. I was able to learn practical collections management skills such as researching, handling and cataloguing objects as well as developing skills in museum public engagement.

Joanna Taylor / Art Gallery and Museum Studies student

Research, teaching, public engagement

We are able to loan items out for exhibitions, research and teaching. Recent examples of this include:

    • Exhibiting at the University’s annual Community Festival, where the public can interact with the objects and current scientific research and take part in related activities. In 2017, Art Gallery and Museum Studies student, Chloe Gittins planned and helped run the Museum’s stand, adding to her own professional development.
  • Our annual Charlotte Beswick Inspiring Futures event. The 2018 event saw 50 pupils from local schools exploring Audiology Collections.
  • Loans of object boxes to PGCE History students in the School of Environment, Education and Development to aid their teaching placements in schools, learning about medicine through time.
  • Introducing objects in an Ethics seminar to students of the new Liberal Arts Flexible Honours Programme in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.
  • Loans to other museums, such as the National Trusts’ Quarry Bank Mill.