The Emerge Festival aims to bring galleries and museums to more diverse audiences, especially younger people who would never usually walk through their doors. They do this by hosting an annual weekend take-over of as many museums and galleries in London as possible. Each venue hosts a specific interactive event.

This meant that our event had to be:

  • Drop in to account for open-access tickets
  • Be completed in under 10 minutes
  • Be accessible to a wide range of people
  • Cannot contain any messy materials which would damage the hospital’s permanent collection
  • Target 16-24 year olds

The old operating theatre itself is Europe’s oldest surviving medical theatre, was the perfect setting for this project as it only operated on female patients in the 1830s. We definitely wanted to find a way to incorporate this into our project.

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