Category Archives: Magic and Medicine

Putting the Magic Back!

A museum sector conference on resilience and sustainability

Tuesday 4th June 2013 10am – 4pm

With support from Arts Council England, we are delighted to offer colleagues this conference day to explore opportunities for resilience and sustainability by  putting the magic back into our museums. Thackray Medical Museum has benefitted from Strategic Support Funding to develop a new business model for its work across collections, interpretation, education, events, retail, marketing and sponsorship. We will use this project as a starting point for exploring how other museums can develop their own resilience and sustainability.

Our keynote speaker will be Jane Walton, Trustee of Thackray Medical Museum.

Thanks to Arts Council England, we are able to offer a delegate fee of £25 per person including inspiring talks and practical workshops as well as opportunity to  network over lunch and refreshments.

We hope to see you at this magical event!

Please see link to Programme Conference 04 June 2013 and the form to book a place Putting the Magic Back conference booking form.


Shop now stocking a truly magical collection of toys!

After visiting The The Magic of Medicine exhibition at Thackray, be sure to pay a visit to the Curiosity Shop. A variety of magical merchandise can now be found, perfect as a souvenir of your visit or as an unusual gift. Our magical range includes painting books, science kits, juggling balls, adult and children’s books and black cats and owls. Open to non museum visitors. We will soon be launching our online shop – watch this space!

We are open!

The exhibition opened on Good Friday, 29th March 2013. We were delighted to be joined by Yvonne Farquharson, Breathe Arts Heath Research and David Owen QC, who gave us a fantastic talk about the historical links between magic and medicine, and performed some truly mind bending tricks. Visitors to the exhibition seem to be delighted by this new way of presenting the magic of medicine in history, literature and therapy.

A big thanks to Catherine Candlin for taking these fantastic photos of the exhibition.

Exhibition build has begun!

We are all very excited. The exhibition build has begun. Here is Lee from Lee - CodsteaksCod Steaks, checking that the cut out panels are all lining up properly.

When they link together they will form the shape of a five pointed star. The next job is to apply all the fascinating texts and images, and some fun interactive elements, to the outside. The inside of the star will be a magical space.

More pictures will be posted here as we progress.

See here for more on Cod Steaks’ work.