Join the museum Archivist Susan Snell on a personal tour of the new Library and Archives temporary exhibition William Perfect: Enlightenment Mason, Medic and Man of Letters.
As a doctor, freemason, poet and actor, William Perfect (c.1734-1809) packed a lot into his years. Thankfully for us, he kept a record of his colourful life. On display for the first time ever, Perfect’s manuscript, a collection of journals and letters, offers a unique insight into the world of an 18th Century Renaissance man.
Perfect specialised in midwifery and the serious study of mental illness. At the time, these areas were underserved and he was brave to pursue them. His case notes shine a light on his pioneering medical practices.
Having led the conservation and digitisation of the William Perfect Manuscript, Susan will shine a light on Perfect's colourful life story and his fascinating work.