Event Details

Representing the womb in three dimensions:
from ancient Greek votives to the “knit your own uterus” movement

RCPE Lecture Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 8 November 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


Speaker: Professor Helen King (Open University)

Modern medical imaging represents the cutting-edge of displaying the hidden world within our bodies with resolutions never before seen, but these digital masterpieces are only the latest in a long line of media that have, historically, been used to model human anatomies. Terracotta, wax, glass, metal and fabric have all been used as a basis for such models, which can provide an insight into how patients experienced and understood their own bodies.

This talk will explore the representation of the body in general and, more specifically, the womb - an organ which has a fascinating history in various cultures. From the ancient Greeks' and the Etruscan's clay offerings to modern representations in wool and enamel, the womb has always been a subject of exploration for artists and historians alike.

This event is part of the Edinburgh History of Medicine Group, a collaboration with the University of Edinburgh.

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This event begins at 4.30pm and ends at 5.30pm.

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This event is free.

You can register for this lecture here on Eventbrite.

Further information is available from:

Iain Milne


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As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the main historic rooms. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

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The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

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Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

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