Hidden Stories of Medicine

Talks to be held at the LMI in the Lecture Theatre.
114 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool. L3 5SR. 0151 709 9125 Extension 1

Doors open 6.30pm
First talk 7-7.45pm
Second talk 7.55-8.40pm
Refreshments in the Gallery 8.45-9.15pm

These talks are free of charge and open to everyone

Monday 17 October 2016

Helen McKay – 208 Field Hospital (Liverpool). The secret life of Dr James Barry 1795 – 1865

His death lead to a cover-up by the establishment for over 100 years. Born into a family of revolutionaries, he was a passionate and flamboyant doctor who became the Inspector General of Army Medical Services, but he had a secret …

Paul Dufton – Cleanliness is next to Godliness – 19th Century soap advertising with reference to Pears Soap

Wednesday 23 November

Meg Parkes – The Art of Survival: the role of medical illustration in interpreting WWII Far East captivity

Graham Kyle –Mr T W Davies, Surgeon to the Liverpool Coroner in the 1820s
A Doctor with an interesting career, including involvement in a case of body smuggling (for dissection in Edinburgh) and a spell in the Debtors’ section of Lancaster Gaol …

These talks are free to attend. 

Talents Tips: Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts by Peter Talent

Save Time

Essential shortcuts can increase your productivity and speed at which you work. Below are some important PC shortcuts.

Delete with assurance
Backspace can be both helpful and troublesome. Deleting a word or two is straight forward, but anything longer may turn a simple deletion into a difficult operation in stopping the curser before it removes a whole paragraph.
Ctrl + backspace allows you to delete an entire word at a time, or a whole sentence quickly.


From time to time programs crash, and freeze. You can avoid having to shutdown your computer by recovering documents with this three-button combo.

Ctrl+Shift+Escape will open your computer’s Task Manager, allowing you to end theproblem program and continue on.
Learn to Quick-Pick
Alternating between different programs? Don’t let your mouse slow you down. This quick action shortcut allows you to seamlessly work across all of your essential programs without having to use the mouse. keyboard-image-3Holding Alt+Tab brings up the index of currently opened programs, and pressing Tab again allows you to cycle between them.

Changing to the desktop?

You might have more than a few different windows open on your computer. If you need quick access to a file/folder that’s currently on your desktop. keyboard-image-4jpg

Win+D Is the shortcut for you to quickly clear your screen and go to the Desktop screen that you need.

Using the snap key board.
This is a good useful keyboard combination for doing research, or writing. If you’re concurrently working in different windows.
WIN+left/right arrow keys makes the currently selected window “snap” to one half of the screen or the other. Apply left and right positioning to two windows and enjoy a perfect split screen setup.


Peter Talent will be teaching a number of fantastic I.T. courses for Continuing Education this coming term including Become a Proficient User of MS Office 2013 and a Beginners Guide to Intermediate Level Database Use. To view a full listing of our I.T. courses click here https://goo.gl/DYbuBw


September Lunchtime Lecture Series – Histories of Helping Others by Dr Claire Jones

Liverpool has long been a beacon for philanthropy and service to others. The wealth and squalor of the City in the 19th century, when great privilege and abject suffering existed side by side, meant there were always people who needed help and others with the resources to provide it. Through the 20th century to today, Liverpool and its people have continued to face challenges and develop strategies to meet them, often leading the way for the rest of the UK.

This year, the annual public lecture series organised by National Museums Merseyside and Continuing Education at the University of Liverpool, takes as its theme In the Service of Others. The Museum of Liverpool is a new venue for the lectures; in previous years they have been held at the Maritime Museum. With this year’s focus on society, philanthropy and service, the Museum of Liverpool is an ideal venue. This lecture series is a free public event which traditionally launches the University of Liverpool’s Continuing Education programme. You’ll be able to pick up a copy of the new prospectus for 2016-17 which details the huge range and type of short courses, lectures and events available. You can preview this now by visiting www.liverpool.ac.uk/continuing-education
This year at the Museum of Liverpool, on Thursdays in September at 1-2pm, our expert lecturers will be shining the spotlight on some little-explored issues and histories of helping others. Topics include those connected to Merseyside but also subjects with a different or more national focus.
On September 8, John Lansley will begin the series with an overview of Liverpool: City of Philanthropy. John will be investigating the many social conditions that demanded action, and describing the religious, political and business attitudes of those that responded.
September 15 takes us further afield as Anna Bocking-Welch talks on Youth Against Hunger: Youth Service, Idealism and Humanitarianism in 1960s Britain. As today perhaps, in the 1960s there was widespread concern about youth. Could the solution be solved by diverting young people’s energies to humanitarian action? Anna will be sharing her research into the important role that young people played in 1960s campaigns against hunger in the developing world; she will seek answers to the question ‘did humanitarianism really manage to redirect youthful idealism away from destructive protest towards service to others?’.
September 22 brings us a very different take on helping others in the City. Ben Whittaker, will talk on The Liverpool Pilots: 250 Years of Service, charting its history since 1766 as the indispensable aid to ships navigating in and out of the Port of Liverpool. Why are the pilots so essential and how has their role has changed from the 18th century to the present day?
September 29 brings another perspective again, with Michael Lambert talking about his research on ‘Problem families’ on Merseyside, 1943-74. The idea of ‘problem families’, as well as what help they needed, was pioneered in Liverpool. Using the records of mothers sent to the Brentwood Recuperative Centre, a residential rehabilitation institution, Michael will explore what it meant to be a ‘problem family’ in post-war Merseyside.
There is a warm welcome to all who join us. We’ll be in Education area 3 on the first floor of the Museum of Liverpool, and no booking is required.

The Everyman and Playhouse: The Playwrights Programme 2016 – Applications open

By the Everyman and Playhouse.

Our Playwrights’ Programme is a completely free course for writers and theatre makers in the Liverpool City Region, who wish to develop their playwriting craft.


Up to ten writers will be invited to join the programme, working closely with us to hone playwriting skills and knowledge with a view to writing a full length stage play.

Applicants must be aged 18+ and have some experience of writing for the stage (not necessarily a full production). Talent, full commitment and passion, however, are more important than experience. We’re looking for innovative, original and exciting new writers from Liverpool who are committed to playwriting and making theatre which will delight, engage and challenge audiences.

Application deadline: Fri 5 Aug
Interviews: w/c Mon 29 Aug
Programme starts: Thu 15 Sep

To apply click here http://goo.gl/I6qTkR

If you have any queries, please contact us via email at literary@everymanplayhouse.com.



Peoples Heritage – free heritage activities 2016

Workshop 1: Thurs 19 May, 2.30-4pm / Workshop 2: Tues 24 May, 2-3.30pm / Workshop 3: TBC

Merseyside Maritime Museum is producing brand new heritage interpretation for Albert Dock. Installed throughout its colonnades later this year, it will guide visitors through the Dock’s fascinating history.
We are offering a unique chance to be part of this process.
Three workshops will explore the process behind exhibition creation and archive research, drawing on the experience of Merseyside Maritime Museum and Liverpool Record Office staff. They will look at applying these ideas to the themes and stories at the heart of the Albert Dock interpretation project.

Workshop 1: Merseyside Maritime Museum
The first workshop will look at the processes used to put together an exhibition. Maritime Museum staff will explain the steps that they work through when creating a display, using examples and case studies of the Museum’s most recent exhibitions: On the Waterfront and Lusitania: life, loss, legacy.

Workshop 2: Liverpool Record Office (at Liverpool Central Library)
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of Liverpool Record Office? This session will take you behind closed doors and let you uncover some of the archives relating to the Albert Dock. There will also be information on how to access the archives for general research, with help on hand to answer questions.

Workshop 3: Merseyside Maritime Museum
The final workshop offers an opportunity to discuss the themes of the Albert Dock project in light of the information gained in earlier sessions. Museum staff will discuss the group’s ideas and suggest practical steps for taking these forward, shaping them, and creating a display.

You may book for individual workshops or for the entire series, depending on your availability. We will give first option for places on Workshop 3 to those who have booked for either of the other two workshops once the date has been confirmed.
To book a place, please email Community Engagement Officer: chrisfittock@outlook.com


Monday 23 May & Saturday 16 July, 2pm

This fascinating tour begins with a presentation on the history of Liverpool before the docks were created, moving through to the development of the Albert Dock and the regeneration of the buildings that now house Tate Liverpool. The Tate Liverpool building has gone through several transformations since opening in 1988 and this tour will reveal its secrets.

To book, email Community Engagement Officer: chrisfittock@outlook.com

Bespoke times

Discover the fascinating history of the Albert Dock and its place within Liverpool’s waterfront. Walks last around an hour.
Times can be booked to suit individual groups.
You can also let us know if you have any specific interests that you’d like the walk to include.

Groups of approx. 5-20 people. To book, email Community Engagement Officer: chrisfittock@outlook.com


The Liverpool Medical History Society, the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool Medical Institution are pleased to announce the inaugural FRANCES IVENS LECTURE given by Daniel M. Fox


Advances in research methodology in several disciplines have, since the mid-twentieth century, made it possible to evaluate more precisely than ever before the effectiveness and efficiency of interventions to improve or maintain the health of individuals and populations. Many of these advances originated in the United Kingdom and have informed policy and practice more thoroughly in that country than in many others.  Despite the political cultures of the health professions and public bureaucracies limiting the influence on policy and the practice of findings from research using these methodological advances, the influence of research evaluating interventions in healthcare and population health has grown steadily since about 1990.

Daniel M. Fox, author, policy adviser, mentor and visiting faculty member, is president emeritus of the Milbank Memorial Fund. Since 1961 he has published articles and books in the literatures of health services research, health and social policy, law, medicine, economic, cultural and intellectual history, and the history of medicine and health. His latest book is The Convergence of Science and Governance: Research, Health Policy and American States (University of California Press, 2010). Fox has served in three federal agencies, government in two states, and as a faculty member and administrator at Harvard and Stony Brook Universities. He holds AB, AM and PhD degrees from Harvard University.

This lecture will be illustrated by narratives about events in recent history rather than by slides because of the documented difficulty, perhaps impossibility, of talking about power in PowerPoint.

Thursday May 12, 2016, 17.30

Liverpool Medical Institution, 114 Mount Pleasant

FREE Tickets must be pre-booked via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk

Tate Liverpool Event

Organised by Tate Liverpool. Join Francis Bacon’s biographer and friend Michael Peppiatt at Tate Liverpool for a book reading and talk.

Date: Saturday 21 May, (15:00 – 16:00), 2016

Venue: Auditorium, Tate Liverpool

Cost: £5

Booking essential – Visit Tate Liverpool’s webpage

Michael Peppiatt’s legendary friendship with Francis Bacon began in Soho in 1963 and lasted until Bacon’s death almost thirty years later.

Fascinated by the artist’s brilliance and charisma, Peppiatt followed him on his nightly rounds of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club, sharing Bacon’s ‘gilded gutter life’ in London, Paris and Tangier, and meeting everybody around him from Sonia Orwell and Lucian Freud to Andy Warhol and the Kray twins.

In this intimate, deliberately indiscreet account, Bacon is shown close-up, grand and petty, tender and treacherous by turn, and often quite unlike the myth that has since enveloped him.

This is a living, speaking likeness of the greatest artist of our times.

Following his talk, Michael Peppiatt will also be signing his books just outside the Auditorium in the Concourse.


WOWFEST 2016 & Continuing Education present Writing the World


When I saw that the theme for this year’s WOWFEST was Science Fiction, I knew I had to get involved. There are a lot of fascinating events and workshops on this May (I’m particularly looking forward to A History of SF in Ten Objects, The Changing Face of Girls’ Comics and Afrofuturism), and I’m excited to be part of Continuing Education’s first collaboration with WOWFEST, Writing the World. WOWFEST’s programme provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the work of CE students, and to prompt us all to create some fantastic new writing.

Another world waits behind the pages of any book, but science fiction shows us a world with unexpected rules, with its own assumptions and taboos, its own geography and biology and society, just different enough from ours to show us something new about ourselves, or to set the familiar in a new light. What I want to add to WOWFEST is a day for writers to think about how the best SF writers build their worlds, the processes that go into those careful constructions, and a chance to experiment with those processes and see what emerges.

My own writing centres on collaborations and interactions online, using social media to turn readers into co-writers, influencing and adding to my fictional worlds. I want to bring that process into the classroom, and create a collaborative science fiction world together, from the ground up, in one day of readings, discussions and workshop exercises. Then comes the really fun part: just how stable will our world be? Will we all see it the same way? What will happen when we begin to set stories on it, to take little pieces of it for ourselves and develop them in our own directions? After the Writing the World CE Saturday, the details of the world we’ve created will go online, onto a website that will showcase the stories we set there, each adding new facets, settings and characters.

This won’t be quite like my other classes for Continuing Education. There will still be reading and discussion and workshops, but I don’t know what the conclusions or outcomes will be. I don’t know what the world we create will be like, who will inhabit it or what kind of stories will take place there. It will be as much of a surprise for me as for you. I’m looking forward to exploring our planet’s landscapes, meeting the people who live there, discovering how they live and what they call their home. I hope you’ll help me find out.

Writing the World will be held at 126 Mount Pleasant on 23rd April from 10am to 4pm. Lunch is included in the £15 fee. To book your place click here http://goo.gl/PLMXpQ

During May, there will be two free follow-up sessions to revisit the world, to see how the stories have changed and developed it, and to decide where to take it next.

Emma Segar teaches CE courses in Writing Novels and Short Stories and Writing for Children. She has recently completed a PhD in Blog Fiction.

Unravelling the Earth past using stable isotopes

Unravelling the Earth past using stable isotopes
By Tsvetomila Mateeva & Nealy Carr

Everything around us is made of atoms of different elements. These tiny nanoscale particles are the building blocks of matter and life itself, the plants, the animals, the rocks, the stars the whole universe, the air we breathe and indeed you and I and everyone else. Since the dawn of time, people have wondered about the origins of the Earth, and the study of chemistry has helped answer some of these questions and given us great insight into the secrets of Planet Earth.
Science is constantly evolving and history is marked by great breakthroughs that allow us to progress and enable us to see and understand our world more and more. One such discovery was the discovery of the stable isotopes. Some of the first traces of the notion of isotopes go back to the beginning of the 20th century (around 1913), when the scientists Kasimir Fajans and Frederick Soddy, independently of each other, made the conclusion that atoms of the same element but with different masses exist. The term “isotope” we use nowadays however, was given by Frederick Soddy.
Isotopes of an element have the same atomic mass, the same number of protons and electrons, but can be lighter or heavier depending on the number of neutrons. It is this difference that enables chemists, biologists and physicists to explore, understand and answer questions that have eluded us in the past.
The application of a stable isotope approach is a powerful biogeochemical tool, and the ratio between the heavy and light isotopes of different elements are commonly used in earth science, archaeology, food safety and forensic science. For Example:

• Light isotopes of gases such as oxygen and hydrogen are well understood and used in geochemistry to trace the geographical source
• Carbon isotopes are used to differentiate organic and inorganic matter which in turns helps us reconstruct past conditions for life on Earth
• Oxygen isotopes are used as a planetary thermometer from which we can determine the temperature and climate of the past
• Boron isotopes are an indicator of the acidity or pH of our paleo oceans

Most part of us knows some TV criminal series, such as CSI, where the characters often use chemical analyses to find more information about the crime scene and determine who is guilty. Unfortunately in the real life the things don’t happen so fast and as accurately as in these series. Despite this fact, we try to apply these techniques in many cases. They could help determine the authenticity of a food – is a maple syrup a real one or is it made of corn or sugar syrup (carbon isotopes); are the vegetables you bought last week from a local farmer (hydrogen and oxygen isotopes)? The stable isotopes could give us a satisfying answer to these kinds of questions.The many applications of stable isotopes methods in the modern society.


The picture is from the august issue magazine Elements explaining the social and economic impact of the geochemistry (Ehleringer et al., 2015)

If you would like to learn more about this fascinating subject Tsvetomila & Nealy are running a brilliant short 5 week course Unravelling the Past: A Geochemical Approach from Wednesday 13 April – you can read more about this course and book your place here http://goo.gl/bENazU

Volunteering Opportunity – Family History Research

The History of Place project is looking for volunteers with enquiring minds to join its Liverpool based Research and Archive Group. You could help it with a Heritage Lottery Fund funded, ground-breaking national project which will celebrate the lives of deaf & disabled people through history. In Liverpool the group will carry out research into the Royal School for the Blind, record oral histories and identify unique stories to share via a website, films, games and exhibitions at M Shed, Museum of Liverpool and V&A. If you have a bit of spare time and are interested in doing some detective work, please call 01303 259777, email info@accentuateuk.org or visit http://historyof.place to find out more and register. Volunteers will receive a full induction, ongoing training and support to carry out the role.