Method in the Madness: Understanding Ourselves Then and Now – Medical Exhibition Hall’s Croft


Method in the Madness: Understanding Ourselves Then & Now is a new exhibition, exploring medicine in the life of William Shakespeare’s son in law, the physician John Hall (1575-1635). Find out how John and his patients understood their bodies and minds and how this influenced medical practice. Learn about advances in anatomy and physiology and how the quest to better understand ‘ourselves’ continues even today.

Don’t miss – A syringe from the 1500’s.

Don’t leave without – testing out our handling collection including an amputation saw!

Don’t Forget – to take your photo at the apothecary station and identify common illnesses at our uroscopy station.

Did you know – The University of Cambridge received bodies of executed criminals for dissection.

Method in the Madness is a permanent daily exhibition at Hall’s Croft (until further notice). Entry to Hall’s Croft is included in the Town Houses pass (Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Shakespeare’s New Place and Hall’s Croft) and costs £17.50 for adults, £11.50 for children or £46.50 for a family (2 adults and up to 4 children, under 3s go free). All tickets are valid for 12 months unlimited entry, book online and save 10%. For more information and to plan your visit, see

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