Students stage public drama among Bart's Hospital pathology exhibits

PUBLISHED: 15:26 05 July 2012 | UPDATED: 15:34 05 July 2012

Bart's Patology Museum

Bart's Patology Museum


A play inspired by a grisly museum of pathology exhibits where an assassin's skull is on display is being staged there this-evening.

Drama students are putting on the play at the University of London’s Pathology Museum in ‘promenade’ style with performers and audience mixing.

The play was written after London Academy of Dramatic Art students visited the museum to get inspiration from the thousands of medical specimens it contains.

“We have devised a piece based on the pathology exhibits and history of the museum,” explained the drama academy’s performance director Naomi Jones. “The result is a part-factual, part-fictional account of this fascinating place.”

The museum, opened in 1879 in the grounds of St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City of London, is used by medical students from Queen Mary’s college in Whitechapel.

It contains 5,000 preserved medical specimens in cardiovascular, reproduction, cancer and forensic medicine.

Specimens on display include the skull of John Bellingham, the 1812 assassin of Prime Minister Spencer Percival, who was hanged and anatomised for his crime.

The free one-hour performance is tonight (Thurs) at 6pm at the Pathology Museum at Bart’s in West Smithfield—with the audience standing and moving around as required.

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