Performing Medicine

  • Free
  • Workshop
  • 14 to 19-year-olds
Photograph of a group of young people holding various parts of a white puppet which is standing on a table. The workshop facilitator is right of frame and talking to them.
Performing Medicine workshop, David Bishop. Source: Wellcome Collection.

What you’ll do

Join a team of surgeons and craftspeople to explore the common skills they use in their professions. You’ll rotate around activities and learn about suturing and tissues with a lacemaker, bones with stonemasons and reconstructive surgery with a glove maker. For each activity you’ll also be joined by a surgeon from Imperial College London.

About your facilitators

Photograph of Fleur Oakes

Fleur Oakes

Fleur is a lacemaker and three-dimensional embroiderer interested in the spaces between emotion and the senses. Fleur works on a variety of interdisciplinary projects and is currently an artist in residence at Imperial College London’s vascular surgery unit.

Photograph of Professor Roger Kneebone

Professor Roger Kneebone

Roger Kneebone is a clinician and educationalist who leads a multidisciplinary research group at Imperial College London. Roger leads on a variety of projects, including the running of the master’s degree in Surgical Education at Imperial College, has received a Wellcome Public Engagement Fellowship and hosts a regular podcast series, Countercurrent.

Photograph of Riina Õun

Riina Õun

Riina is a glove maker and creator of the luxury leather glove brand Riina O. Riina earned a degree in leather art and accessories design at Estonian Academy of Arts before moving to London to work for high end designers and create her own brand.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Studio and the Forum on level 1. When you enter Wellcome Collection, head up the stairs or take the lift, then follow the signs through the ‘Being Human’ gallery.

Extra information

Registration for all three sessions will open at 10am on the morning of the event. You can add your name to the sign-up sheet in the Medicine Now gallery on level 1. This event is often busy so you may need to queue.

If you’re visiting the museum with a parent, guardian or support worker, they are welcome to drop you off at our Studio. If you’d like someone to support you during the session or you have any access requirements, just let us know in advance of the session or on the day.

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