Sheila is leading two workshops in October as part of Clod Ensemble's Under Glass Season. The first one is part of Manchester Science Festival at The Portico Library and the second is in London at Blythe House exploring the Wellcome and the Science Museum's 'in storage' collections. See below for further details:

From Object to Specimen Manchester

21.OCTOBER.2017 • 11:00 - 14:00

Part of the Under Glass season in Salford.
Presented in association with Manchester Science Festival 2017.

The Portico Library
57 Mosley Street
Manchester, M2 3HY

Tickets: £6/£4
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In the 19th century, doctors began using instruments which could measure, represent and capture bodily functions such as the pulse and breath. As well as letting “nature speak for itself”, these instruments were also shaping the relationships between physicians and their patients.

In this practical workshop, led by artist Sheila Ghelani in partnership with a medical historian, participants will explore the unusual collection of the Museum of Medicine and Health, one of the most extensive collections of medical artefacts in England. By looking at the appearance, materials and functions of these objects participants will investigate how they have contributed to our understandings of health, the body and the practice of medicine. The workshop will be hosted in the Portico Library which houses a fascinating collection from the 19th century.

Speakers include:
Dr Carsten Timmermann – Academic Lead for the Museum of Medicine and Health, University of Manchester.

From Object to Specimen London

24.OCTOBER.2017 • 10:00

Blythe House Olympia
23 Blythe Road
London, W14 0QX

Get inspired by the curious medical objects behind the scenes at the Science Museum and Wellcome Collection’s stores at Blythe House Olympia. Join us for a special tour of these unique and distinctive collections with Collections Officer Natasha Logan.

This will be followed by a hands-on workshop lead by artist Sheila Ghelani. This event will ignite your imagination and creativity whilst laying bare fascinating developments in medical history and the systems of care associated with medical collections. This is a very special opportunity and due to strict regulations capacity is very limited.

This tour is a promenade experience. There will be a lot of walking, please wear suitable footwear. To ensure a prompt start at 10 we recommend attendees arrive by 9.45. 

Due to the nature of this tour and workshop it will not be possible to admit latecomers.

As museum store, Blythe House is only open to the public by appointment and is not fully accessible. If you are a wheelchair user or have other access requirements please contact and we will do our best to facilitate your needs.