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Current activity

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have of course been able to put on any physical events, but we have been busy developing digital resources for you to access.


We have also had articles published in two publications:

Past events


Cancer Revolution exhibition

We loaned items to Science Museum Group for its Cancer Revolution exhibition in 2021-22. This blog around the relevant collections in the museum explores the story of Professor Fox and his research into cancer treatment: Museum of Medicine and Health's objects featured in national cancer research exhibition.

History of Medicine Digital Learning Resource

This digital resource can support home learning as well as satisfy the curiosities of anyone interested in Manchester’s health care past.

Themes in the resource echo the National Curriculum Key Stage 4 history module Medicine Through Time. Each object in focus has a local connection to the city of Manchester.

Access the History of Medicine Digital Learning Resource

Sights, Sounds and Stories

New digital resources were developed during 2020, aimed at Key Stage 4 but also for anyone curious about Manchester's healthcare past: History of Medicine and Sights, Sounds and Stories.


A Healthy Profit at Quarry Bank Mill, 19 October 2019 - 19 April 2020

The exhibition incorporates research in optometry at The University of Manchester to explore how the workers at Quarry Bank experienced health and illness, accident or injury, pregnancy and childbirth. Objects on loan include a teaching model of a human brain, a Leech Jar and a ceramic inhaler.


Instrumental Change at the Manchester Central Library, Wednesday 11 December

This one-day pop-up exhibition was organised by MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies students, in collaboration with the Museum of Medicine and Health. The exhibition focused on the materiality of medical instruments and how this has changed through time. Exploring key themes of functionality and sustainability, Instrumental Change invited visitors to challenge their own assumptions about the medical world.

Deaf Education and Audiology: a journey through artefacts, archives and creativity at Manchester Central Library, 14 October - 14 December 2019

We loaned our hearing aid collection to this exhibition, which was part of the 100-year anniversary celebrations of deaf education and audiology at The University of Manchester. The exhibition provoked questions around how we understand, collect and communicate D/deafness in a dominant hearing world. It was curated by Dr Jenna C Ashton, Lecturer and Programme Director of Heritage Studies at The University of Manchester.

Charlotte Beswick: Inspiring Futures Blood Sciences

Culture Cure: Late opening at the Science and Industry Museum, 6th March 2019.

Manchester Community Festival at Manchester Museum, 15th June 2019.


Loaned objects to Touchstones Rochdale for their Herbs to Hospitals exhibition, April 2018 – April 2019 

Medical Objects, Human Stories artefact talk, Simon building room 2.57.

Charlotte Beswick: Inspiring Futures, 100 Years of Audiology at the University of Manchester’. 

Enhanced Humans exhibition at Central Library. 

Stall and mini-exhibition at Science Spectacular, 20th October 2018

Community Festival, The University of Manchester, Saturday 16 June 2018

Stealing Smiles: Changes in Dentistry during the 20th Century

Stories of Change: 70 Years of the NHS


Charlotte Beswick Inspiring Futures event


Healing Histories: An Exhibition of Medical Marvels and Curative Curiosities

Bodies, Technologies, Objects

Charlotte Beswick Inspiring Futures event


The Medicine Cabinet, Chetham's Library