"Bart's, Bellingham and the Bodysnatchers"
In May 1812, exactly 200 years ago, John Bellingham successfully assassinated the Prime Minister, Spencer Percival - the only assassination of its kind to occur in the United Kindom.
Within one week Bellingham was arrested, tried and punished for his crime - a punishment which consisted of execution by hanging then further degradation by 'anatomisation' (This was the dissection of his cadaver by local medical students.)
His skull resides here at St Bartholomew's Hospital Pathology Museum and to mark this bi-centenary we have it on display in a temporary exhibition. We also have a lecture by Kirsty Chilton of the Old Operating Theatre, an expert on criminal dissection and body snatching for medical purposes.
Book your free ticket for the event here - this one is not to be missed!
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: