Past event: Death Drawing with Art Macabre at The Museum of London

by Cass Art

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Sharpen your pencil for a life drawing workshop with a difference. Art Macabre Drawing Salons present a range of muses steeped in gore and theatricality, themed around the gruesome world of early 19th century surgery to celebrate Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men at the Museum of London. The exhibition explores the discoveries of 2006 when Museum of London archaeologists excavated a burial ground at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. What they found was both extraordinary and unexpected. The excavation revealed some 262 burials. In the confusing mix of bones was extensive evidence of dissection, autopsy and amputation, bones wired for teaching, and animals dissected for comparative anatomy. Dating from a key period – that of the Anatomy Act of 1832 – the discovery is one of the most significant in the UK, offering fresh insight into early 19th century dissection and the trade in dead bodies. Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men at the Museum of London runs until 14 April 2013. The Museum of London tells the story of the world's greatest city and its people across two venues, the Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands. Uncover the hidden histories of the capital through exhibitions, evening events, walks, talks and film screenings. Book in advance £19 (Concessions £18, Friends £17) Entrance to the exhibition and drawing materials included.

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