Celebrate Culture Night 2017 at the Mater Hospital

At the Mater Hospital, we are very proud of our heritage and history of caring for the nation for over 150 years. 

We are delighted to welcome you to the Mater Hospital on Culture Night 22 September 2017. On Culture Night, you will have the chance to come in through our iconic entrance and be brought to the grand Pillar Room, to meet our staff and our University College Dublin partners, who will provide fascinating information on the hospital's history and our advances in medical science. You will have the opportunity to take part in fun, interactive sessions that have been designed to suit all ages. We look forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy the Culture Night experience with us!

What's on for Culture Night 2017 at the Mater Hospital?

Mater Archive and Heritage Centre

 On Culture Night, our Archive and Heritage Centre will give you the chance to:
  • Learn about the medical and nursing pioneers who trained and worked in the Mater Hospital 
  • Discover the role our hospital played during World War I and the Irish War of Independence
  • See our patient records from over 100 years ago (open to the public for the first time)
  • Understand how the care of patients has changed over the years 
  • View historical photographs and medical equipment from our archives


Come along on Culture Night 2017 and see what makes the hospital pharmacy at the Mater so special. On the night you will be able to:
  • Learn about medicines that have transformed peoples lives (some come from strange places!)
  • Meet our leeches, which are still used to treat patients in the Mater
  • Find out some fun pharmacy facts and take part in our quiz
  • Work out how to solve some real world problems with us
  • Experience how treatments have changed over the years
  • See how the pharmacy service has grown and changed over the years
  • Pharmacists were famous throughout history for making their own secret recipe medicines - on Culture Night 2017 in the Mater, you can make your own secret recipe cream! (suitable for all ages). 

Culture Night 2017

Location: Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Eccles St, Dublin.
Date: Friday 22 September 2017
Time: From 5pm to 9pm
Culture Night Theme: Heritage

For more information see www.culturenight.ie

Radiology and Medical Physics

Radiology is the use of imaging technology like x-ray, ultrasound and MRI, to see images of the human body to help diagnose a condition or disease. On Culture Night 2017, our radiology staff and our UCD partners will bring you through how radiology has advanced over the years. You will have the opportunity to:
  • See virtual imaging of the human body showing images of health and disease
  • Try some hands-on imaging yourself!
  • Learn how scans, invasive procedures and devices work in medicine today.
  • View our gallery exhibition
  • View the inside of an x-ray machine and understand how it works
  • Learn about how physics has been and is used in medicine
  • ​Test your knowledge of MRI images
Our Radiology staff and UCD partners hope you will enjoy this educational and fun exhibit.!


Our Nursing team in the Mater are delighted to welcome you to Culture Night 2017. On the night, you can:

  • Come and view our Mater Hospital nursing uniforms, dating from past to present
  • See our impressive display of historical nursing teaching aids, books, instruments and equipment, all used by our nurses over the past 150 years
  • Watch a demonstration of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and practice your very own life saving resuscitation skills with our nursing team!


Members of our Surgery team will welcome you on Culture Night and give you the opportunity to:
  • Learn about the history of surgery
  • Experience handling surgical tools that are used in minimally invasive surgery
  • Learn about new technology and how it has influenced the way we do surgery today
  • Discuss the use of technology, 3d printing, robotic-assistance and artificial intelligence in current and near-future practice
  • Learn about common cancer and how precision surgery is used to treat it
  • Learn about innovation and how it plays a key role in ensuring safe and effective healthcare
  • Understand  the crucial team-working needed to operate safely on people's internal organs to cure their diseases.