A long-running exhibition exploring a creepy and historic tale dating back to the early 19th century will be coming to a close next month.
Hosted at the Museum of London, the Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men displays an intriguing selection of burial remains unearthed at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.
During an excavation at the site in 2006, an array of bones that had been dissected, amputated and wired were discovered. Autopsies and amputations were also found to have taken place among the 262 burials, in addition to animal dissections used for comparative anatomy.
Interestingly, they all dated back to the Anatomy Act of 1832 era, which resulted in the discovery being one of the most significant finds in the UK.
This particular Act was passed at a time when public fears were high within the area after a notorious case of murder for dissection had taken place. The legislation enabled the state to take bodies that were deemed ‘unclaimed’ without any consent.
The exhibition, which will come to an end on April 14th, promises to provide a fascinating insight into the dissection and trading of dead bodies throughout that period, with anatomical models and drawings, documents and original artefacts all on display.
Visitors staying at luxury hotels in London also have the opportunity to find out more about the story of Bishop, Williams and May – and learn about the case of an alleged resurrectionist who died in prison.
The collection has received rave reviews during its six-month run, with One Stop Arts describing it as “splendidly creepy…gloriously gory… informative, entertaining and exciting”, while the Economist found it to be “wonderfully atmospheric, absorbing and grisly”.
Tourists visiting the capital can visit the museum seven days a week. Tickets are priced at £9, with concessions and group tours also available.
First-time visitors to London can follow signs to the museum along the High Walk, St Pauls, Barbican and Moorgate Tube stations are all within walking distance for tourists using public transport.