**Seminar 5 with Dr. Anna Williams - Doors 6:30pm, event starts at 7pm, wine included**
Body Farms: Nauseating or Necessary?
People tend to be either repulsed or fascinated by the idea of dead bodies being left out in a field and allowed to rot. For some, this sounds like the ultimate indignity. For others, who appreciate the potential value of the corpses for forensic research, this presents an interesting alternative to burial or cremation. This talk will explore the use of specialist outdoor laboratories called ‘taphonomy facilities’, often referred to as ‘body farms’, for forensic research and criminal investigations. It will look at the myriad of different research that is being done and could be done on such facilities. It will also discuss some of the social, legal and ethical issues surrounding the establishment of taphonomy facilities and consider their future in the UK and abroad.
Dr Anna Williams is an experienced forensic anthropologist. She is currently Associate Professor in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Huddersfield. Her main area of research interest is human decomposition and taphonomy, with a particular emphasis on analysis of the chemicals released by cadavers throughout decomposition, and their detection by ‘cadaver dogs’. She is Director of the HuddersFIELD outdoor decomposition laboratory, which uses animal corpses to research different aspects of decomposition. She is one of the chief champions of the initiative to establish a Human Taphonomy Facility in the UK, along with some of her colleagues in the Burial Research Consortium. You can find out more about her work at forensicanna.com or follow her on Twitter @Bonegella.
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Will I get to see the museum's collection?
Yes - there's half an hour before and after the event to browse the specimens.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
You must be over 18 to receive alcoholic drinks - bring ID to be sure you get yours
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No - your name is on our list
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes, if you can't make it e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us who is coming in your place
Where can I park?
Outside the hospital at the NCP car park, West Smithfield
When & Where
Pathology Museum (Queen Mary)
Pathology Museum WEBSITE
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Refunds/exchanges for evening events may be offered at the discretion of the Pathology Museum only if requested 48 hours before ticket sales end. (This doesn't include cancelled events which are automatically refunded.) For Taxidermy and other weekend workshops it is ONE WEEK before.
Prior to the appointment of Carla Valentine as the current Technical Curator, the museum was in a state of disarray. As medical teaching changed, the need for the study of anatomy and pathology pots declined. Without funding the pots and the infrastructure of the building suffered and it wasn't until a couple of years ago that a donation was secured to renovate the collection. New ways to ensure the survival of the collection were also trialled, including conferences and events.
The Pathology Museum, a part of Queen Mary University of London, is a medical-humanities hub and venue for public engagement and education. Our events showcase research and the arts from our own institution as well as other universities, independant researchers and other museums. Our activities are in accordance with Human Tissue Authority recommendtions on Public Display of medical collections, and the University Museums Group guidance, and are sensitive to the dignity of the collection.
As it is part of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the museum is based within St Bartholomews which is a teaching hospital. Therefore, follow the signs for the Robin Brook Centre and go through the open entrance indicated below. You'll find the museum on the 3rd floor: