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Sophie Goggins - Prosthetics: From Maker to User

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Monthly Talk format with Q&A. FREE ENTRY.

Speaker: Sophie Goggins, Curator of Biomedical Science, National Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh has a strong history in prosthetics research and development. Over the past 40 years, National Museums Scotland has established a world class collection of prosthetics with examples from the 1960s, for children affected by thalidomide, to contemporary pieces that reflect a move towards personalisation and the flexibility of modern materials. This talk will review the history of prosthetics in Edinburgh and emerging technologies that are shaping the field. How is the museum representing user stories in its displays and what is the importance of using patient voice in exhibitions?

Sophie Goggins is the Curator of Biomedical Sciences at National Museums Scotland. She is responsible for the medical collection, including her particular specialism, contemporary biomedicine. She recently led on biomedical content in the new galleries which opened as part of a major redevelopment project in 2016, including a series of new biomedical interactives.

Sophie’s research interests include: contemporary collecting in biomedicine, patient experience, and prosthetics.