‘Monstrous Births’ in medical museums
Julie McNamara was one of four artists commissioned by the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (University of Leicester) for Exceptional and Extraordinary, which set out to examine inequality in representations of disability in medical museums. Her investigations inside the collections and archive vaults unearthed appalling practices towards disabled people in medical history, particularly focused on people with mental health conditions and people with learning disabilities.
The results of her research culminated in a play: Hold the Hearse! and the journey towards that work is presented in Julie Mc’s article: ‘Monstrous Daughters’ in ‘Feminism and Museums: Intervention, Disruption and Change’. Volume 1, December 2017′ (p. 495 – 509). Click on the links below to read it: