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Black and white photograph of porters and museum staff at the Royal College of Surgeons of England carrying a large whale bone on their shoulders down the front steps of the College in the 1930s.

Porters and museum staff at the Royal College of Surgeons of England carrying a large whale bone on their shoulders down the front steps of the College in the 1930s, when the collection of whale specimens was being transferred to the Natural History Museum.

Call for Learning Volunteers

The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons of England is currently recruiting a team of Learning Volunteers to support the delivery of a new schools’ programme to be launched in September at the College headquarters at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in central London.

The new schools programme will include bespoke workshops to cover a range of National Curriculum subjects. The workshops are aimed at 14-18 year old secondary school students, with other visits offered to BTEC and other Further Education learners.

As a Learning Volunteer, you will be supporting the delivery of the schools’ programme including welcoming classes to the Museum, leading introductions to the collections, supporting workshop facilitators, giving talks to students, answering their questions, leading object handling sessions and supporting surgical skills demonstrations. This is an exciting opportunity to support young people studying: healthcare, the history of medicine, biology and English literature and to develop personal and professional experience working with young people in a world-class museum.

Previous volunteers have been able to use their experience to progress in museum and heritage education studies as well as early careers in teaching.

Learning Volunteers are requested to work between 10am and 3pm Mondays, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays during term time. As part of the Hunterian public engagement programme, the Museum also offers activities for families during school holidays and Learning Volunteers are welcome to support other public engagement programming.

If you are interested in becoming a Learning Volunteer please contact the Senior Museum Learning Co-ordinator, Anouk Sallansonnet, for further information. Please email: [email protected]

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Red leather surgical instrument case, with various instruments placed on top. The instruments include three pairs of scissors, an abscess lancet and various probes. The leather is very worn in places.

Pocket case of surgical instruments owned by Mungo Park (1771–1806), before conservation work

Red leather surgical instrument case, with various instruments inserted into their appropriate straps.

Pocket case of surgical instruments owned by Mungo Park (1771–1806), after conservation work