New London show examines medical history

Next month sees a new exhibition open at the Museum of London looking at early 19th dissection and the obtaining of bodies for research purposes that could appeal to those staying at central London hotels.

Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men opens at the central London museum on October 19th and runs until April 13th next year. The main focus of the show is the various discoveries made by archaeologists from the museum when they excavated a burial ground at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

Included in their findings were bones that had been used for teaching as well as animals dissected to compare anatomies between species. On display there are a variety of exhibits such as models, drawings and remains.

The unusual exhibition also explains more about Bishop, Williams and May, seen as London's Burke and Hare as well as looking at the ethics and cultural attitudes towards the medical profession in the 1900s. There is also information on the impact of the 1832 Anatomy Act, which gave some people the right to take unclaimed bodies without needing permission.

Admission costs £9 for adults and £7 for concession and those aged over 12 years. Entry to the rest of the museum's collection is free.

The Museum of London is located on London Wall at the Aldersgate Street junction and the nearest London Underground stations are Barbican, St Paul's and Moorgate.

One of the main highlights of the museum is its collection of oral history. So far, more than 5,000 hours of interviews from people who have worked and lived in London have been collected in a bid to discover more about being a Londoner and what it means.

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