Where: Sainsbury Gallery, The Willis Museum, Market Place, Basingstoke, Hampshire
What is it?
Six skeletons from the Museum of London’s Centre for Human Bioarchaeology are on display at the Sainsbury’s Gallery in Hampshire County Council’s The Willis Museum, Basingstoke until 11th May 2013. Skeletons: London’s buried bones is a touring exhibition from the Wellcome Collection in collaboration with the Museum of London that reveals what lies just metres beneath the city of London.
The Willis Museum display features a selection from the full exhibition of 26 skeletons, just a sample from a collection of 17,000 skeletons that have been archived and examined at the centre over the last 30 years. Each has its own tale to tell, and collectively they uncover 2,000 years of history, increasing our understanding of how Londoners once lived, and providing insights into the health, diet, diseases and lifestyle of the deceased.
The skeletons include a young female discovered at the Royal Mint, whose bones were stained green from copper residues and a young woman (possibly a prostitute) found in Crossbones burial ground in south-east London with traces of syphilis in her bones.
Each of the six skeletons will be accompanied by a contemporary image taken by photographer Thomas Adank of the burial site where they were discovered.