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The Poor and the Dead: The Legacy of Burke and Hare

Date(s): 28 January 2019

Time: 7pm

Cost: £2

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Poor and the dead


We are delighted to introduce the first talk in our 2019 #SpeakToTheSpecialist series. #SpeakToTheSpecialist is a series of intimate talks delivered by specialists that work behind the scenes at Surgeons' Hall Museums. 

The story of Burke and Hare and the murders the committed in the streets of Edinburgh is well known, but what came after? Join the museums Human Remains Conservator Cat Irving, on the anniversary of William Burke's hanging, to discover how their crimes led to the Anatomy Act of 1832, and changed the way medicine was taught in Britain. 

Cat has worked in preserving human and animal tissue for 16 years, and has previously worked on the anatomical and pathological collections of Glasgow University and the Hunterian Museum.

The talk will last about 60mins and the Museums will be open for viewing until 9pm for ticket holders only.
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