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The Old Operating Theatre Museum
9A St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY London, United Kingdom
Before 1832 dissection was a feared and hated punishment for murder. The 1832 Anatomy Act requisitioned instead the corpses of the poor, transferring the penalty from murder to poverty. The Anatomy Act contributed to the terrible fear of the Victorian workhouse and influences attitudes towards death even today. This talk by author Ruth Richardson analyses the subject drawing on many disciplines to explore the fundamental issues of folklore and science, life and death and the political struggles surrounding ownership of the body in the 19th century.
'A heartfelt dilemma whose history is movingly explored....Passionate, powerful and elegant'. Roy Porter, The Guardian.
*Doors will open at 6:30 PM.
*Access: Entrance to the museum is through a 52-step spiral staircase.