Joseph Merrick: London's Most Famous Face

Joseph Merrick: London's Most Famous Face
 
  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join QMUL's Steve Moore, Learning Resources manager and custodian of Joseph Merrick - known during his lifetime as "The Elephant Man" - for this evening's interactive talk about attitudes towards what could be perceived as disfigurement. During this interactive evening, Steve will discuss Merrick's history at this hospital Trust, use remote controls for an interactive quiz on the topic and show clips from the 1980 film The Elephant Man directed by David Lynch.

There will be plenty of time to peruse the paintings and specimens at 6:30pm before Steve's talk.

The story of Joseph Merrick is also being re-told in a new, immersive Whitechapel tour app.

“About Face” is a multidisciplinary series of events focusing on the face in a medical-humanities arena. The delicate ontological balancing act between life and death, public display and spectacle, ‘being’ and ‘not being’, and how we identify, are some of topics which inspired “About Face” at QMUL’s Pathology Museum. From the first recorded facial surgery in approximately 600 BC to the present, faces have been moulded, manipulated and even made from scratch. Why is this part of the physical body considered our ‘identity’ and what does that mean? In the world of the selfie, are our faces even our selves? What do we see when we look at the faces of others? Does our opinion change depending on the face? Why?

Topics included in this series include face transplants, ‘faces of fear’, facial surgery then and now, death masks and the forensic reconstruction of a skull from this collection. All events include wine, non-alcoholic drinks and nibbles, as well as a chance to see the "Saving Faces" paintings by Mark Gilbert.

Steve Moore is the Learning resources Manager at QMUL's School of Medicine and Dentistry and as a result is based across three sites: Whitechapel, Mile End and St Barts. 

Cost: £10.08


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2018-11-28 18:30 2018-11-28 18:30 Europe/London Joseph Merrick: London's Most Famous Face Join QMUL's Steve Moore, Learning Resources manager and custodian of Joseph Merrick - known during his lifetime as "The Elephant Man" - for this evening's interactive talk about attitudes towards what could be perceived as disfigurement. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/11/28/joseph-merrick-londons-most-famous-face-183282 Pathology Museum (3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre),QMUL School of Medicine and Dentistry,St Bartholomew's Hospital site,London

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Pathology Museum (3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre),

QMUL School of Medicine and Dentistry,
St Bartholomew's Hospital site,
London,
EC1A 7BE

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