Fear of the Resurrection Men
November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm£12
Talk at the Old Operating Theatre by Kirsty Chilton
For London’s poor living in Georgian and Victorian times, the experience of the death of a loved one could be tragic, and the funeral that followed could be a bleak affair, with the remains often laid in an overcrowded grave. But at at least the body – and the soul – was now at rest. Or were they?
In eighteenth and early nineteenth century London, the sanctity of the grave was often violated by Resurrection Men, searching for the freshest bodies for the dissection rooms. And the destruction of the physical body could mean the destruction of the eternal soul.
Kirsty Chilton, museum researcher at the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret discusses the fear of the Resurrection Men and the strategies employed by the living to save the those laid to eternal rest from a fate worse from death.
Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. Please note that access is through a 52-step spiral staircase.
The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret is at 9a St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY.
Further information at Eventbrite
About the Old Operating Theatre Museum