10/10/2020

VISUAL DELIGHTS: MEMORIES & MEDICINE

Lately I've been taking a healthy heap of inspiration from the past, perhaps because to look forward seems so uncertain. Like most, I've been holding my home close to my heart and finding renewed appreciation in the richness of my local region. Possibly due to the pandemic, or potentially as I've been exploring different career and educational paths, I've found myself rather fascinated by medical history. I've always been someone who balances the line between art and science, so anatomical drawings satisfy all areas of my curiosity.


@angiesliverpool


This breathtaking photograph made me squeal with excitement when it appeared on my feed. I've long been enchanted by angiesliverpool, as she produces an archive of life in Liverpool through the decades. However, this image struck a particular chord with me as it was shot on Dale Street, close to where I used to live and work. I believe the entrance to the street I lived on is visible in the photograph, along with the building that became my local corner shop. It also forms a perfect snapshot in time, showing fashions, uniforms, shopfronts, and working life in 1904 Liverpool in delightfully vivid detail. 




My enchantment with medical history and interest in death and culture has led me to add Morbid Anatomy to my Patreon subscriptions. Founded by Joanna Ebenstein as a blog focused on death, culture, art, and medicine (all of my favourite things!), Morbid Anatomy has grown into a scholarly powerhouse of lectures and classes, articles, a library, and other events for the morbidly curious at heart. Their Instagram page is a fantastical patchwork of art and medical history, such as this 1901 anatomical plate by E. J. Stanley. 



Port Sunlight is quite simply a magical place. A step within the village's border is a step back in time. Perfectly preserved, the Victorian buildings and ornate gardens are a sight to behold, especially when framed by fallen leaves and warm, autumnal hues. I'm certain that growing up near Port Sunlight and spending my childhood learning about the history of its creation played a large part in my adoration of all things Victorian and Edwardian today. I'm currently re-watching Peaky Blinders, and yes, I do get overexcited when a scene is shot with this local treasure as the backdrop. 



I'm not going to deny that my vintage-style blouse collection is growing a little out of hand. Edwardian and Victorian styles have always been incredibly beautiful to me, and since I've recently shed my fear of wearing anything other than black, I've been amassing a collection of blouses inspired by the eras. Lace and collars make my heart sing and my confidence soar, and I'm feeling rather enthusiastic about this new phase of my personal style.



 Like many museums, The Old Operating Theatre have been working hard to produce engaging and wonderful content during their COVID-19-induced closure. The Old Operating Theatre is Europe's oldest surviving operating theatre, established before the anaesthetic or antiseptic that we take for granted. Their Instagram is filled with medical and anatomical history to pore over, challenges, and leech updates (yes, you read that correctly).  As a registered charity, their income has been greatly reduced during closure. You can donate to them here, or peruse their online shop here, should you be so inclined. 

What's been inspiring you recently? 
  



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