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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 take part in related activities.

  • Our annual Charlotte Beswick Inspiring Futures event. The 2016 event saw 32 pupils from local schools exploring the story of how the Charnley Hip was invented.
  • Loans of object boxes to local schools for GCSE History students to learn about medicine through the ages.
  • Teaching and learning in the University – an Optometry lecturer recently borrowed  historic instruments to teach undergraduate students basic principles of the eye.
  • Loans to other museums, such as Touchstones Rochdale for their Herbs to Hospitals exhibition, and universities for specific events.