Unlike most ‘true crime’ stories, this one doesn’t finish at the gallows but goes on to the dissection tables where murderers’ bodies were ‘dissected and anatomised’ for the benefit of science and the punishment of crime. Or we can go to the gibbets where dead bodies were ‘hung in chains’ for decades as their metal cages and chains creaked in the wind and the corpses within gradually decayed.
Our research team has spent the last five years uncovering stories about executed criminals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and this exhibition presents some of our work. We are grateful to the Wellcome Trust for funding our research, and to Patrick Low for setting up this exhibition.
Below is just a small selection of what's on offer on this site. Enjoy....if you dare!