Welcome to the Pathological Bodies Project
The Pathological Bodies Project is a blog dedicated to my potential doctorate project entitled ‘Pathological Bodies: Insights into public health, specimen preservation and changing attitudes towards death‘. If I can acquire funding, the project will look at the history of public health in Britain by examining the introduction of embalming / preservation techniques of the 18th-19th centuries, evidence of disease in preserved specimens and changing attitudes towards death and the display of human remains.
It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet your skull. — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. My name is Aoife Sutton (BA (Hons) Archaeology and MSc Bioarchaeology). I am interested in all things related to death, with a particular interest in bioarchaeology, the history of anatomists and embalming. I am… Read more
The Historical Background of English Witchcraft Witchcraft has a long, complicated history in England. In comparison to other countries, the hysteria surrounding witchcraft came quite late to England, but prior to the 16th century it was still considered a punishable offence. The Inquisition never had a huge amount of success in English Society as there… Read more
Human remains collections in British Museums over the last 200-300 years have been an important aspect of cultural heritage, however, there have been ethical dilemmas surrounding their curation and display for several reasons. Issues arise particularly in relation to public sensitivities, ethics, and the way in which the human remains acquired i.e. was there consent… Read more
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