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Sat 6 Apr 2024
Insights Lectures: Raising the Dead
Event organiser:
Thackray Museum of Medicine

Bioarchaeological analysis of human remains can reveal important insights into the lives of the past, such as diet, inter-personal violence, health, and migration. Dr Curtis-Summers’ will draw on bioarchaeological research and multidisciplinary evidence to reveal what we can learn about the lives, and deaths of people from Scotland’s past.

When someone dies, the development of disease within their bodies remains frozen in time, leading paleopathologists needing to join up with other clinical areas to compare their findings with those of modern living populations. But, as Professor Keith Manchester explores, these studies do not tell us the story of the individual’s journey with the disease – the pain they felt, the psychological trauma and the other effects on their daily life.

Our Speakers

Dr Shirley Curtis-Summers is an assistant professor in archaeological and forensic sciences, and MSc Human Osteology and Palaeopathology programme director at the University of Bradford.

Prof. Keith Manchester is the Hon. Professor of Palaeopathology, School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences, University of Bradford.

Our Insights Lecture series takes place on select Saturday mornings. They form a core element of our Talks and Lates programme designed to spark debate around subjects large and small, whilst exploring the advances that have shaped the way we look after ourselves, and each other.

All tickets include mid-morning refreshments and full access to the museum. Students go free –  contact to book your place. 

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    We want everyone to enjoy the museum. It is fully wheelchair and buggy accessible, entry is free for essential companions, and we welcome assistance dogs (and our team are more than happy to arrange a bowl of water for hard-working thirsty dogs – please just ask).

    The museum offers relaxed openings on the last Sunday of each month from 10am–11am when the lights will be up and the sounds down.  You can download a copy of our gallery map, which includes some sensory information and other details here.

    You can find more accessibility information by visiting our guide hosted on
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    You can also download the PDF version of the guide.

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