On Saturday, June 25th, Thackray Museum of Medicine kicked off its Summer of Celebration programme with a huge party. With free entry all day, there was lots of medical-themed fun and games as the museum toasted not just the past, but its future too. The museum has hopes to become a national museum of medicine in the future.
After a welcome speech by Neil Kaiper-Holmes and CEO Nat Edwards, the birthday party began with a special cake cutting and cupcakes for everyone. We had giant games of pass the parcel – I’ve never seen parcels so big! People chatted and danced to the music of the steel pan band who gave us two brilliant performances. It was great to see so many patrons and friends including special guests Councillor Jane Dowson, Dr Martin Schweiger, Nora Whitham and Baroness Judith Blake.
These festivities play a part of the museum’s wider seasonal programme, Summer of Celebration, which includes a wide range of activities for the whole family. The full programme for the rest of the summer is due to be unveiled shortly.
The Thackray recently welcomed a very special guest to visit the museum during this special year in its history, The Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin. Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire said; “I’m thrilled the Thackray Museum of Medicine is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It’s a wonderful resource for the people of West Yorkshire and beyond, bringing the fascinating history of medicine to life in vivid and sometimes gory detail. The recent redevelopment has made the museum even better for visitors, so if you haven’t been, or haven’t been for a while, you really must get down there this summer. It’s so much fun!”
Here’s to the next 25 years!