Museum of the Normal

Thursday 24th November, 2016

18.00-21.00, Barts Pathology Museum, 3rd Floor, Robin Brook Centre, St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE

From angst-ridden teenage letters to agony aunts to concerned posts in online parenting forums, it’s clear that as a society we are haunted by a fear of being labelled abnormal. But who gets to define what’s normal? It is really something to aspire to? And is worrying about ‘being normal’… normal? Or does it have a history all of its own?

At this drop-in late event at Barts Pathology Museum, led by the Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions, a special event for the Being Human Festival of Humanities, we explore patient experiences of cancer, past and present.visitors will enter the ‘land of the abnormal’: a pop-up world of games, activities, talks and performances addressing different aspects of the history of normalcy and the normative. Expect lost emotions, historical psychometric tests, themed refreshments, arts activities, history of medicine talks and tours of the pathology specimens.

Sign up for a time slot on Eventbrite. You can arrive at any point in your allotted time.

This event is part of the AHRC Being Human Festival of the Humanities, and supported by the AHRC and Queen Mary Centre for Public Engagement.