Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

20/10/2012

Mutilated skulls, skeletons with four legs and tattooed skin: Ghoulish exhibition reveals contents of secret 19th century hospital cemetery where they buried victims of illegal dissection

After being dissected bodies of murderers and poor were discarded into unmarked graves in grounds of Royal London Hospital
Before 1832 Anatomy Act surgeons could legally use bodies of executed criminals
But demand outstripped supply so illegal bodies were sourced from grave robbers
Would-be surgeons needed bodies to practise their skills on
Museum of London Archaeology stumbled across graveyard by mistake in 2006
After poring over hospital records archive of remains now on display

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