San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The University of Bristol and Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council
The Archaeology of the Victorian Dead
Saturday 18 May 2013 at M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol
10:30am – 4.15pm
Find out about the archaeology of our Victorian dead at this one-day event with presentations from professionals in the field and posters highlighting recent academic study.
Discover how cemeteries and crypts are excavated, why remains are analysed and the issues surrounding research and display.
11:00-11:10 Welcome and introduction
Session 1: Excavating our Victorian dead
11:10-11:30 Time is money! How do we deal with excavations of post-medieval cemeteries?
Natasha Powers, Museum of London Archaeology
11:30-11:50 Lifting the lid on the wealthy: What are the challenges of crypt clearances, why is it carried out and what is the value of such work?
Angela Boyle, Burial Archaeology Consultant
12:00-1:30 Lunch (not provided). During the break, explore the M Shed and the posters relating to the study of skeletons
Session 2: The importance of analysis
1:30-1:50 What does the analysis of individuals who died during the Great Irish Famine add to our knowledge and understanding of this tragic period?
Dr Jonny Geber, Queen's University Belfast Alumni
1:50-2:10 Broken bones; accidents or violence? The evidence from mid 1700s to mid 1800s from the Bristol Royal Infirmary.
Dr Annsofie Witkin, University of Bristol
2:20-2:50 Coffee break
Session 3: The ethics of display
2:50-3:10 Rebury or retain? The legal position, the arguments for and against and what does the public think?
Dr Simon Mays, English Heritage
3:10-3:30 The Rioter’s arm bone – Display of human remains at M Shed.
Gail Boyle, Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives
3:30-3:50 Would you put your great granny on display? The display
of Post Medieval human remains in a museum context.
Jelena Bekvalac, Museum of London
4:00-4:15 Summary and Close
Professor Kate Robson Brown, University of Bristol