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Why museums hide human remains and the crisis of cultural authority

Jan

31

The Sight of the Living Dead: Why museums hide human remains and the crisis of cultural authority 
with Dr Tiffany Jenkins 
 The Open House Pub, Springfield Road, Brighton on Wednesday 16th February 2011 at 7.15pm

The Brighton Salon is known for facing tricky questions face on.  As heritage and humanities industries feel under attack at home, and with images of protesters circling the Egyption Antiquities Museum in our minds, the Brighton salon looks at the position of human remains within museums.


Museums were founded to show the public the results and artifacts of archaeological, scientific and historical research, but some museums in Britain are now questioning that role by locking away human remains. 

Institutions that once shared the privileges of knowledge are becoming reluctant to display the bodies that have taught us so much about the origins of the peoples of today and the environments they lived in.

To read more and reserve your place please go to www.thebrightonsalon.com