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Monster Soup Kitchen at Narryna

  • 31 Jul 2021
  • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Narryna, 103 Hampden Road Battery Point
  • 7

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Monster Soup Kitchen

and a viewing of Pills, Potions and Pandemics


Narryna’s winter exhibition, Pills, Potions and Pandemics, explores Tasmania’s social history through the ‘kill or cure’ experience of pre-modern healthcare. A joint project by Narryna and Narryna and COMA (Collection of Medical Artefacts) Tasmania, this exhibition demonstrates why receiving no attention from the surgeon or apothecary was generally more beneficial than if you did.

In keeping with the exhibition theme, Narryna presents an event for the Friends which will remind us how lucky we are to live in the 21st century. In 1840s London and Hobart, the water supply was polluted with dead dogs and urban and industrial waste which created foul miasmas that threatened the health and wellbeing of the local citizenry. Join us for Monster Soup Kitchen to celebrate the quality of our modern water supply with an array of delicious soups (with a vegan option) and breads and hot beverages including tea, coffee and chocolate. 

After lunch there will be special blue gloves tours of the exhibition, with guided commentary and the opportunity to handle artefacts.

Members $25, non-members $35, including lunch.

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Above: William Hearth, ‘Monster Soup, commonly called Thames Water being a correct representation of that precious stuff doled up to us … dedicated to the Water corporations …’ c. 1830. Reproduction coloured engraving on copper, Wellcome Collection, London

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