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Body horror in 19th century literature Starts Mon 1 Oct, 2.45-4.45pm (10 weeks) Rediscover 19th century horror classics, including Frankenstein and Dracula, and explore their place in contemporary mythology. Book in advance on 0800 328 1060 £75 (concs free) Medicine, the media and me Starts Wed 17 Oct, 2-4.30pm (8 weeks) How does the media influence our response to medical developments, past and present? How do we respond when it’s our body in the media? Book in advance on 0800 328 1060 £75 (concs free) The art of digital drawing Starts Sat 10 Nov, 10.30am – 4.30pm (weekend) This beginners course will explore ways of using digital tablets to create drawn responses to the human body in life and death. Book in advance on 020 7001 9844 £150 (students £90, concs £35) The bare bones: basic anatomy Starts Wed 16 Jan, 6.30-8.30pm (4 weeks) An introduction to the human skeleton and the techniques used for assessing age and sex. Book in advance on 020 7001 9844 £50 (concs £20) The body politic Starts Wed 16 Jan, 2-4.30pm (10 weeks) Explore social and religious attitudes to medical experiments in the early 19th century. Book in advance on 0800 328 1060 £94 (concs free) To find out more visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk/courses
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Open daily 10am – 6pm. Last entry to exhibition 4.30pm. Closed 24-26 Dec. The exhibition will stay open until 9pm on 2 Nov 2012, 4 Jan, 1 Feb and 1 Mar 2013.
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In 2006, Museum of London archaeologists excavated a burial ground at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. What they found was both extraordinary and unexpected.
The excavation revealed some 262 burials. In the confusing mix of bones was evidence of dissection, autopsy, amputation, bones wired for teaching, and dissected animals. Dating from a key period – that of the Anatomy Act of 1832 – the discovery is one of the most significant in the UK, offering fresh insight into early 19th century dissection and the trade in dead bodies. Passed amid deep public fear of murder for dissection, this fiercely-debated Act gave the State the right to take ‘unclaimed’ bodies without consent. Now, 180 years later, you can uncover this intriguing story in a major new exhibition at the Museum of London. Bringing together human and animal remains, exquisite anatomical models and drawings, documents and original artefacts, the exhibition will reveal the intimate relationship between surgeon-anatomists and the ‘resurrection men’ who supplied them, and the shadowy practices prompted by a growing demand for corpses. You’ll discover the story of Bishop, Williams and May – London’s Burke and Hare – and find out how the excavation findings shed new light on the case of an alleged resurrectionist. As the exhibition draws to a close, you’ll be encouraged to debate the Anatomy Act, reflect on medical ethics and cultural attitudes today, and ask what questions still remain in 2012. It may leave you asking: who really owns your body? Highlights from the exhibition include:
Doctors and Dissection @ late Wed 31 Oct, 7-9.45pm Discover our new exhibition after dark! Immerse yourself in macabre activities and performances inspired by the world of the early 19th century body snatchers and surgeons. Book in advance £10 (concs £9, Friends FREE) The Skin I Live In (15) Fri 9 Nov, 7-9pm Join us at our sister venue, the Museum of London Docklands, for a screening of this chilling ‘body horror’ from Pedro Almodóvar. A brilliant doctor, haunted by past tragedies, creates a synthetic skin designed to withstand any damage. Spanish with English subtitles. Book in advance £7 (concs £5) Murder and grave-robbery in 1830s London Mon 19 Nov, 7-8.30pm Author Sarah Wise explores the grotesque world of the resurrectionists, and paints a haunting picture of the lives of the hopelessly poor whose fate is largely forgotten. Book in advance £7 (concs £6, Friends £5) Meet the expert: Doctors Dissection and Resurrection Men Wed 28 Nov, 1-2pm Exhibition curator, Jelena Bekvalac, reveals how human skeletal remains can help us understand the story of early 19th century anatomical study, human dissection, comparative anatomy and the trade in dead bodies. FREE The Bodysnatcher (PG) Sun 2 Dec, 2-3.20pm Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi star in this film adaptation of the short story by Robert Louis Stevenson about a murderous cabman supplying illegal cadavers for dissection. FREE but booking advisable Doctors Dissection and Resurrection Men walk Sat 8 Dec, 11am – 1pm Join this walk to encounter the grisly haunts of London’s infamous resurrection men, from the Barber Surgeons Hall and St Bartholomew’s hospital to execution sites. Book in advance £10 (concs £8, Friends £7) Please see website for our full programme of related events. To book tickets visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk/events or call 020 7001 9844
• Skeletal remains recovered during the excavations, including
a dissected skull with multiple drill holes Towne for the Great Exhibition of 1851
• A wax head detailing internal structures, produced by Joseph • A cast of executed criminal James Legg, created to settle an
artistic debate regarding anatomical correctness in crucifixion
• A stomach preserved by Edward Jenner • Fragments of tattooed skin from murderers Bishop and Williams • A short film exploring attitudes to organ and body
donation, made in collaboration with young Londoners and the Wellcome Trust. QR codes Bring your smartphones (and headphones for audio) to access additional content via QR codes within the exhibition. Simply download a QR reader from your app store. There is free WiFi throughout the Museum. For visitors without smartphones, all content can be accessed via our Virtual Study Zone at www.museumoflondon.org.uk/virtualstudy.
London’s Lost Jewels: The Mystery of the Cheapside Hoard
18 Oct 2013 – 27 Apr 2014 From the mysteries of its discovery to the secrets of its burial, explore the world’s greatest cache of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewellery. Charge applies. www.museumoflondon.org.uk/jewels
Front cover Image: Wellcome Library, London. Other images © Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library. Skull © Museum of London Archaeology
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