**Seminar 2 with Lee Jackson - Doors 6:30pm, event starts at 7pm, wine included**
Playing Skittles with Skulls and Bones
"I saw them chopping the head of his coffin away. I knew him by his teeth; one tooth was knocked out and the other splintered. I knew it was my father's head and I told them to stop, and they laughed ..."
The graveyards and burial-grounds of early nineteenth-century London, full to the brim with human remains, presented many a grisly spectacle. But there was a great reluctance to address the problem of the capital's overcrowded, stinking churchyards: clergymen wanted to retain their customary burial fees and the government was unwilling to interfere. In this talk, Lee Jackson will explain the 'sanitary' origins of the Victorian cemetery, from the cholera epidemic of 1832 to the horrors of Enon Chapel, and the Spa Fields scandal of 1845. He will focus on two little-known figures - George Carden, self-styled 'Founder of the system of ex-urban sepulture', and the burial reform agitator George Walker - explaining how, after decades of struggle, London finally obtained a decent burial for most of its citizens.
A well-known Victorianist, Lee Jackson is the author of Dirty Old London, Walking Dickens' London, a number of historical crime novels, and creator of the preeminent website on Victorian London www.victorianlondon.org. He lives in Stoke Newington, London. Find him on Twitter @VictorianLondon and see HERE for a trailer about his book Dirty Old London
LINK - http://bpmseminar2.eventbrite.co.uk
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
**Please bring ID to receive alcohol at events**
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: