Historical medical collections contain provocative and often disturbing objects, from surgical tools to human remains. Medical museums around the world, established centuries ago for the education of medical students, contain extensive collections including these kinds of materials. The long history of medical museums also includes ‘popular’ anatomical displays intended to entertain the public, although there are few remaining traces of these activities. The new medical and health humanities programme is a special focus, offered within the structure of the history master’s programme, and will include an introductory course, a seminar led by guest lecturers presenting their latest research, and two new courses, ‘Knowing by Sensing’ and ‘Objects of Knowledge’. Interest in object-based learning is rising in the Netherlands, and handling rooms have become a key feature in university museum renovations, including the Utrecht University Museum and the Allard Pierson Museum and institute for cultural heritage collections at the University of Amsterdam.
|Title of host publication||Object-Based Learning for Health and Wellbeing|
|Subtitle of host publication||Exploring Material Connections|
|Editors||Thomas Kador, Helen Chatterjee|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|