The Lister Project: Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh

Royal College of Surgeons Thetre Space

Centre Screen has recently been awarded the task of recreating one of the most ambitious feats in modern medicine: the first recorded public dissection in Scotland. We are working with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, designers Campbell & Co and AV consultant Douglas Bolton, to create a multi-projection immersive show hosted within a purpose built Anatomy Theatre.

The exhibit is based on the incredible story of David Myles who, on 27th November, 1702, was hanged for incest with his sister.  Almost 313 years later, this exhibit will produce a modern-day digital representation of Mr Myles’ post mortem, that took place at old Surgeon’s Hall in Edinburgh, over 7 days, presided over by the great physician Archibald Pitcairn.

Archibald Pitcairn will be brought to life as the narrator of the show, guiding visitors through the 7 days of dissection using fascinating anatomical archive illustrations and highlighting the amazing advancements made in our understanding of the human body, still benefitting modern surgery and medicine today.

The Anatomy Theatre is part of the Lister Project, a £4.2m redevelopment of the Playfair Hall Museum and surrounding areas.  The project is Heritage Lottery funded and is designed to improve physical and intellectual access to the College site.

For more information about the work taking place at Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh please head to their website.

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