"Symposium programme featuring cartoons and a skull, 1896."
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
"This programme for a symposium of the British Association for the Advancement of Science features on one side a personification of Professor W Mitchell Banks as a musical instrument, and on the other a sketch of a skull labelled Sir Joseph Lister. Lister (1827-1912) was a surgeon and the founder of antiseptic surgery. The symposium was held at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. The aim of the association, founded in 1831, was to present to the public the latest scientific discoveries, and to debate the effects on people's lives these innovations would have. The annual meeting was an important public arena for the discussion of scientific matters. "