From now until April 2011, the Surgeons’ Hall Museums in Edinburgh are featuring an exhibition called Skin Deep, which investigates plastic surgery relating to war, punishment, psychology, congenital defects and cosmetic reasons. According to the Royal College of Surgeons website, surgeons have been trying to alter or construct faces since 800 B.C. The exhibition will display objects which have never before been on public display at the Museum, including human pathology and bone specimens, an extremely rare Greco-Roman eye votive, a bound South American skull and new art works by Edinburgh artist Joyce Gunn Cairns.
The exhibition – sponsored by three facial charities – will prove an interesting experience for adults as well as children. While you’re in the museum, take a gander at the remains of Burke and Hare, Edinburgh’s notorious body snatchers/serial killers.
[Surgeons picture courtesy of the U.S. AirForce; Human face picture courtesy of the Royal College of Surgeons]