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Science Festival – Anatomy Day


Published By royalscotsclub on 31/03/2016

If you have ever wanted to find out more about the human body and its inner workings, then our Anatomy Day on 4 April 2016 will give you the chance to get an insider’s view of the body and how it is structured from experts in their respective research areas.

This fascinating day will bring together science and the arts, with a host of expert speakers from a variety of different fields.

Discussing ‘The Body in Question’, Professor Sue Black OBE is a renowned forensic anthropologist and Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee. Founder of the British Association of Human Identification, Professor Black was awarded an OBE for her contribution to forensic anthropology and has also received the Lucy Mair Medal, from the Royal Anthropological Institute. She has lent her knowledge and expertise to help solve numerous criminal cases and in 1999, she was responsible for leading the British Forensic Team’s exhumation of mass graves in Kosovo.

Martin Clayton, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at The Royal Collection, will be discussing ‘Leonardo da Vinci – drawing on the inside’ and the fascinating story of Leonardo’s life and interests. As an artist and a scientist, drawing was central to his work and Martin will look at how what we know of da Vinci’s life and career, comes from the drawings he left behind for future generations.

Philip Sawyer, Organist, continuo-player and lecturer, is a well-known organist who has lectured at the Department of Music at Napier University and given many recitals both in Scotland and overseas. He has been choir director at Nicolson Square Methodist Church, and Director of Music at the Parish Church of St Andrew and St George. Philip will be discussing Scotland-based composer Shiori Usui’s piece of classical music called In Digestion. Following her fascination with the way the body interacts with food, Usui translated the workings of the stomach and the sounds of grinding teeth into an arrangement of unusual string techniques.

The lectures will be illustrated and George Donald RSA RSW will be drawing a live model. A printmaker, painter and lecturer in studio arts, George was born in South India and studied at Edinburgh College of Arts, before studying art education at London’s Hornsey College of Art. George co-founded the Centre for Continuing Studies, a centre for innovation and excellence in higher art education. He later returned to the University of Edinburgh to study philosophy and education.

This captivating day will run from 10am to 4.30pm. Tickets are £35, or £30 for RSC members and students. A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information or for ticket enquiries contact Janet Grant, Club Secretary on 0131 556 4270 or email

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