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Medi-Culture Festival at London Bridge – 20 to 26 October 2022

The Medi-Culture Festival is a free six-day festival at London Bridge which celebrates one of the most important medical areas of the capital that has been a home of pioneering medical development for nearly 1,000 years. Medi-Culture will bring live events, talks, walks, workshops, stories and stand-up to a string of venues from London Bridge to Westminster. World-leading medical and scientific sites such as Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals and King’s College London will join with cultural partners such as the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret, Florence Nightingale Museum, Gordon Museum and Science Gallery to take their stories, ideas, thoughts and innovations directly to audiences.

Medi-Culture will cover a wide range of subjects from live Victorian surgery at the world’s oldest surviving operating theatre to medical stand-up and stories, delivered by comedians and health-care scientists; from talks on menopause, gene therapy, alcohol and convalescence, to anatomical drawing classes; from a Thames-side walk through medical history and modern health, to a beer-centric, yet medicinal, crawl of the area.

Medi-Culture tells the story of London Bridge’s contribution to world-class medicine, connecting institutions to a local audience of residents, workers and visitors.

Medi-Culture 2022 Highlights:

Thursday 20 October

For the Care of the Sick: A Brief History of St Thomas’ Hospital

Join Monica A. Walker, Ph.D. in Art History, for this fascinating journey into how old St Thomas’Hospital firmly established London Bridge as a centre of a medical culture that continues to develop today.

Time: 12.00 – 13.00 via Zoom.

Menopause – What would Florence do? Practicalities of Menopause

Wellness and fitness coach Karen Webb Green explores the experience of menopause throughout history and in the present. Find out how a new form of exercise, Trigger Point Pilates, is helping thousands of women reduce stress, release trauma, and balance hormones—all of which are key to reducing many of the symptoms of menopause.

Time: 13.15 – 14.00 via Zoom.

Friday 21 October

Stitch and Stem

Join scientists from the Centre for Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine (CGTRM) at King’s College London to learn all about stem cells, while embroidering them!

Time: 13.00 – 14.00. Venue: London Bridge Hive, 8 Holyrood Street London SE1 2EL.

Surgery and the Victorian Operating Theatre

Join us at the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret for a trip back to the Victorian era and the surgical procedures that took place high above London Bridge in the attic of the 18th century St Thomas’ Church. You will witness the most common surgical procedures that took place in this original space nearly 200 years ago, learning about the horrors of surgery before anaesthesia and antiseptics helped pave the way for our modern medical procedures. Shown live from the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe, a remarkable survivor of the old St Thomas’ Hospital.

Time: 17.30 – 18.30.

Venue: Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret, 9a St Thomas Street London SE1 9RY.

Science Showoff with Dr. Steve Cross

Join us for a night of medically-themed stand-up comedy, stories, and silliness from some of London’s funniest people. Our MC, Dr Steve Cross has carefully collected an incredible line-up of comedians, historians, and medics to entertain you in the historic surroundings of Guy’s Medical School Chapel.

Line-up includes writer, comedian, podcaster and history presenter Iszi Lawrence; Kate Devlin, Reader in Artificial Intelligence & Society at King’s College London; award-winning comedian, writer, and researcher, Cerys Bradley; NHS healthcare scientist Kip Heath; and game maker and writer Ed Jefferson.

Time: 19.00 – 21.00.

Venue: The Guy’s Chapel, King’s College London (entrance via St Thomas Street) London SE1 1UL.

Saturday 22 October

Medieval to Modern Medicine – Health and Wellbeing Walk Along the Thames

Take a walk through medical history and modern wellbeing along the banks of the Thames, as we explore the area’s medicinal connections, from the Florence Nightingale Museum to the Old Operating Theatre. With guide Julie Chandler, you will discover a monastic herb garden, 1950s exercise regimes, Victorian workplace risks, the founding of a children’s hospital, and the health benefits of boxing, chocolate, and beer!

Times: 11.00 – 13.00.

Venue: Meet at the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue, gardens of St Thomas’ Hospital, London SE1.

How to be Funny – with Dr. Steve Cross

A guide to making things fascinating through stories and comedy. Join coach and comedian Dr Steve Cross for a chance to find out how to bring your work, interests, and ideas to life for other people. He’ll steal tricks from the world’s best storytellers and joke-makers, and work together on how to perform them.

Time: 14.00 – 17.00.

Venue: London Bridge Hive, 8 Holyrood Street, London SE1 2EL.

Sunday 23 October

Hops, Herbs & Hospitals

Join Blue Badge Guide, Dafydd Wyn Phillips, on this beer-centric tour of London Bridge. Learn about some of the most famous local watering holes and the significance of the hop trade to the borough, as well as the medicinal value of hops and herbs utilised by the historical hospitals.

Time: 11.00 – 13.00. Venue: Meet at Southwark Needle London Bridge, south side, London SE1.

Monday 24 October

‘It’ll never happen to me’ – Alcohol Change

From the organisers of ‘Sober January’, London-based charity Alcohol Change UK presents an interactive talk for those who want to learn more about alcohol and re-evaluate their relationship with it. This will be a non-judgemental exploration of our relationship with alcohol and the reality of the progression of alcohol dependence.

Time: 13.00 – 13.45 via Zoom.

Tuesday 25 October

What would Florence do? Practicalities of Menopause
In this session, wellness and fitness coach Karen Webb Green explores the experience of menopause throughout history and in the present. Find out how a new form of exercise, Trigger Point Pilates, is helping thousands of women reduce stress, release trauma, and balance hormones—all of which are key to reducing many of the symptoms of menopause.

Time: 12.15 – 13.00. Venue: London Bridge Hive, 8 Holyrood Street, London SE1 2EL.

Anatomical Art

Join anatomical modeller and sculptor Eleanor Crook and curator William Edwards as they guide you around the Gordon Museum and Museum of Life Sciences, followed by a drawing class looking closely at exquisite and accurate wonders of medical history. Hosted by Performing Medicine, a Clod Ensemble initiative that provides creative training programmes for healthcare professionals and students.

Time: 14.00 – 17.00.

Venue: Gordon Museum of Life Sciences, Hodgkin Building, Guy’s Campus, London SE1 1UL.

Wednesday 26 October

Recovery – The Lost Art of Convalescence with Dr Gavin Francis

Dr Gavin Francis, author of the Sunday Times bestseller Recovery – The Lost Art of Convalescence, an uplifting account of hope and healing, speaks about the book and explores the role that compassion plays in recovering from illness.

Introduced by Dave Green, Director of Florence Nightingale Museum. Time: 17.30 – 18.30 via Zoom.

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