Stanley Park art students were taken to two fascinating venues: The Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery at the Royal College of Surgeons and the British Museum.
“Due to the medical nature of the Venue, the Hunterian exhibits were very gory! There were foetuses in bottles, there were placentas, there were monkeys (which had also been preserved) wearing fierce facial expressions, there were feet with elephantitis and other gruesome diseases and a model of the world’s tallest man. These displays caused a great deal of debate and discussion about the role of science in society and the morality of art galleries.,2 said a statement on the school’s website.
“At the British Museum, many exhibits were themed according to geographical regions. We particularly enjoyed the exhibits in ‘Egypt’ and ‘Japan’ In Egypt, there was a definite focus on death and mortality where coffins, pharaohs, cats, knives and other ancient relics abounded. In Japan, a tea hut was displayed as a focal point and rituals around tea and the significance of colours like blue, white and pink were explored. We also looked at the elephant as a powerful cultural symbol.”