Workshops at Barts

Drawing Parallels: Artistic Encounters with Pathology is a collaborative interdisciplinary research project between Barts Pathology Museum, QMUL and UCL Pathology Collections. We aim to survey the attitudes of medical specialist and non-medical specialist audiences towards preserved foetal and neonatal specimens.

8 workshops will run over the next six months, each aimed at different groups of participants allowing opportunity for a wider variety of people to engage with these artefacts.

The workshops are designed to provide a space where thoughts, opinions and perspectives can be discussed and ways to engage with specimens explored. Each workshop will be run using the same format and using identical specimens. Participants will have the chance to engage with drawings, photographs and real specimens and will be encouraged to share their views on these and develop their encounters through drawing and dialogue.

This project is an opportunity to share our collections with audiences and will inform us how such specimens are interpreted and displayed at both collections. It will allow us to respond to concerns and ideas and consider how display and management can be improved.

We hope that by engaging with the specimens in practical workshops their value and importance will be highlighted, thoughts about how they can be used more productively will be discussed and ways found to appreciate these unique specimens more fully.

Dates and locations of workshops:

Barts Pathology Museum workshops are aimed at those connected with medical museums and from medical professions.

JULY 2nd  1:00- 4:00pm

AUGUST 6th 1:00 – 4:00 pm

SEPTEMBER 10th 1:00 – 4:00pm

OCTOBER 1st 1:00- 4:00pm


Light refreshments will be provided.


Please email for further information




This project is run in collaboration with the following partners:

Dr Alex Freeman, (UCL, Division of Surgery and Interventional Science)

Subhadra Das (Teaching & Research Collections, UCL Museums & Public Engagement)

Nick Booth (Teaching & Research Collections, UCL Museums & Public Engagement)

Dr Lucy Lyons (Barts Pathology Museum, QMUL)

Carla Valentine (Barts Pathology Museum, QMUL)

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