Curating Human Remains in the UK

NatSCA event
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 -
09:30 to 15:00

Organised by

NatSCA, Museum Ethnographers Group & Society for Museum Archaeology

Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Bristol

Held jointly by the Natural Science Collections Association (NatSCA), the Museum Ethnographers Group (MEG), the Society for Museum Archaeology (SMA) and the Human Remains Subject Specialist Network.

This full day of talks and case studies relates to working with and researching human remains. The day will include the conservation, storage and legal responsibilities relating to displaying this material.

A discount is available to fully paid-up members of the NatSCA, MEG and SMA using a code that can be entered on the Eventbrite site.

Curating Human Remains in the UK Programme

9:30-10.00Coffee and registration
10:00 - 11:00Case studies of good practice
How to approach the documentation/collections management, display and research use for the RCS human remains collections.
Carina Phillips (Royal College of Surgeons)
11:00 - 12:00How to handle and store remains
Heather Bonney (NHM) tbc.
12:00 - 13.00Lunch - Not provided please either bring your own or sample the delights to Bristol’s cuisine (if you would like somewhere booking this could be arranged)
13:00 – 14:00Up to date legislation
The ethics and legislation in caring for human remains
Myra Geisen (University of Newcastle) & Caroline Browne (HTA)
14:00-17:00Case studies of osteological reviews
Rose Drew – Contextualised Remains: educational display versus public voyeurism: the crew of the Mary Rose
Subhadra Das (University College London) – UCL's Pathology Collections Review
Lauren McIntyre (Heritage Burial Services, Oxford Archaeology) – From excavation to accession: dealing with human skeletal assemblages in the commercial sector
Kristin Leith (University of Exeter/ RAMM) – Skulls in Discovering Worlds: how a Designation-funded project has opened up a recent study of Melanesian modified crania at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
Sue Giles and Lisa Graves (Bristol Museum & Art Gallery) – Death and the HTA: presenting their experience of using human remains in a temporary exhibition on death at Bristol Museum & Art gallery and how they found the process of applying for a HTA license and its impact on the museum

Tickets will be for sale until 19.01.2016, however if the event is undersubscribed we reserve the right to cancel the event and refund all tickets.

This event is not catered and so either bring your own lunch or sample the cuisine of Bristol.

Free parking is not available in the centre of Bristol or at the University. The nearest parking can be found at Jacobs Wells Road, Bristol, BS8 1EH (5 mins away) cost is £10 all day. The nearest station is Bristol Temple Meads (25 minute walk or short bus ride by the 8 or 9 bus). There are also 3 park and ride options, more information can be found here visitbristol and

Please book using Eventbrite below. Alternatively, you can download a paper booking form here.