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Brain Dissection Workshops at Thackray Medical Museum Brilliant brains!

October Half Term
26 – 30 October 2015


Thackray Medical Museum is working with Neurosurgeons from St James’s Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary to investigate the mysteries of the brain this October Half Term.

One of the least understood organs of the body, Brilliant Brains workshops will allow families to see what the brain looks like up close and to find out how much we know about how it works. Using a pig brain, Neurosurgeons will conduct a series of live dissections and be on hand for a Q&A session afterwards. Families will also get the chance to make their own model of a brain to take away using chocolate.

Charlotte Chester, Learning Officer at Thackray Medical Museum said “We are very lucky to have such great links with medical departments at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and we are very grateful that they are able to take part. Brains are utterly fascinating as they control every aspect of what we do but we understand so little about how they actually function. These workshops will offer a unique opportunity for children (and adults) to meet a real life neurosurgeon and to ask questions.”

Ian Anderson, Neurosurgical Registrar at Leeds General Infirmary comments “These demonstrations will offer members of the public a unique opportunity to see dissection of the brain and its anatomy in a 'face-to-face' manner. Experienced neurosurgeons will demonstrate the key anatomical features of the brain and explain their function and role in disease processes as well as being on hand to answer any specific questions.”

Brilliant Brains workshops run from 26 – 30 October from 10am-4pm. Advance booking is not required; visitors should book their place upon arrival at the museum. Admission tickets last for 12 months and entry is free for anyone who already has a valid annual pass. Further details of the museum can be found at