Captain Cook voyages through The British Library

June 13, 2018 - Richard Moss

The British Library follows the journeys of the man who opened up the world during the Age of Revolution – in James Cook: The Voyages Captain James Cook’s name has always been synonymous with exploration and adventure, but even in the 1770s when the American Revolutionary War was underway, such was his fame that none […]

Stephenson’s Rocket heads back up north to Manchester

June 13, 2018 - Richard Moss

The iconic Stephenson’s Rocket, which was built to run on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the world’s first inter-city passenger railway line, will be on display at the Museum of Science and Industry from September 22 2018 until April 21 2019. Rocket secured its place in railway history after winning the Rainhill trials, in 1829. […]

Jeremy Bentham’s papers digitised online

June 13, 2018 - Richard Moss

Some 95,000 images from collections at Univeristy College London and The British Library have been captured in digital form, making them accessible to interested readers around the globe. Bentham is perhaps best known for formulating the ethical theory of utilitarianism: the idea that society should be organised to promote the greatest happiness of the greatest […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: An Amputation at the Hip Joint

June 11, 2018 - Mick Crumplin

In his latest medical blog, Mick Crumplin discusses one of the most difficult and dangerous medical procedures of the Napoleonic wars Sometimes we must marvel at how far human endurance can be stretched. This operation is an extremely stressful one, performed 200 years ago, 31 years before the discovery of anaesthesia. It entailed removal of […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: Battlefield head wounds and trepanning

March 29, 2018 - Mick Crumplin

For his latest medical blog Mick Crumplin discusses head wounds on the battlefield and the ancient medical practice of trepanning Of all wounds inflicted in warfare, roughly 20-25% of them are head injuries. With modern day treatment, about 80% or more patients will survive to serve a ‘useful’ life. The bony skull or cranium protects […]

New film explores the medical museum at Mont-Saint-Jean Farm

March 21, 2018 - Richard Moss

 A new film produced by the University of Portsmouth promotes the new medical museum at Mont-Saint-Jean Farm, the famous site of the British field hospital at the Battle of Waterloo When one considers the great advances in surgery that have been achieved on the back of battlefield medicine, it is perhaps surprising that the […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: The Sad Case of Captain St Pol

February 9, 2018 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin’s latest medical blog is the gory tale of an officer who refused to have his leg amputated St Pol, an officer in the 7th or Royal Fusiliers was about to scramble up the great breach at Badajoz, during the furious and multiple assaults on that place on the night of 6 April, 1812. […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: John Hunter, Father of Scientific Surgery

December 15, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin’s latest medical blog features the great scientific surgeon, John Hunter In the history of Britain, Scotland has a right to stand proud of its disproportionate contribution to our nation’s growth and reputation. Through the Age of Scottish Enlightenment and systematically making provision for educating its youth in parish schools and universities, Scotland injected […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: Lieutenant George Simmons ‘Most Dangerous Wound’

November 2, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin continues his medical blog with the story of the terrible suffering and survival of a young officer in the Peninsular Wars and at Waterloo It is nigh impossible to imagine how much this young officer suffered after being desperately wounded at the Battle of Waterloo. He was incredibly fortunate to have survived. George […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: How Nelson lost his arm

September 5, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin continues his Napoleonic era medical blog by looking at Nelson’s trauma at Tenerife Lord Nelson was a leader both inspirational and impetuous in style. He would often pay a price for these traits. In the early years of the Napoleonic war, the Royal Navy was having considerably more success than the nation’s land […]