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Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Modern surgery gallery


These resources have been designed to explore the following topics and to understand how they have changed over time:

• Blood
• Cleanliness
• Patient experience
• Seeing inside the body


This resource supports the teaching of Biological sciences and healthcare curricula.

Suitable for

  • GCSE
  • A-Level
  • BTEC

Learning outcomes

  • To make links between the museum’s collection, science and health care curricula and everyday life.
  • To develop observation and communication skills.
  • To learn about how these topics has changed over time.

Time required to complete the activity

45 minutes - 1 hour

Teacher's notes

How to use this resource:

Exploring the Hunterian Museum: recording the objects

Instructions: Select objects that can be linked together to create a virtual ‘mini-tour’ of the Hunterian Museum back at school

  1. Split your students into groups of four 
  2. Assign a topic to each group
  3. Students are asked to explore the Museum and 'collect’ objects by drawing or writing about them on the ‘blank object cards’
  4. Print out the blank object card and hand out one set to each student

There are object information cards linked to each topic with questions to help the students choose objects and a topic map to find related objects in the Museum. You may want to print a map and info card to hand out to each group.

Different members of the group should record the details of different objects. Interesting object descriptions will lead to interesting tours.

By the end of the session each group should have collected at least eight object cards describing eight separate objects. They can collect more objects.

They might want to include objects that are in places not marked on your map.

Make a tour: ordering and linking objects

IN SCHOOL: Ask the students to organise the objects or specimens they have collected to create an interesting and logical tour.

  1. Ask the students to decide which order their chosen objects or specimens to create a tour. (For example, you might want to order chronologically) 
  2. They will need to mention some additional information, such as other historical events that affected the development of objects?
    Or maybe they can note how similar the two objects are although they were made years apart? They might want to recount a personal reason that connects the two objects
  3. Each team decides who presents which part of the tour