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The Body Experience, Mummies and Body Bits – NSEW events at the Manchester Museum

March 14, 2012

It’s National Science and Engineering week – and there are lots of events across the country. At the Museum you can find out about medicine and mummies – or go on an ethics trail behind the scenes of the Museum.


Saturday 17 March

2-3pm: Mummies in medicine and the imagination

Discover how changing medical practices shaped new ways of thinking about archaeology, mummies and ancient Egypt. From the medical study of human remains came ideas about history and civilisation, while in the public imagination, scientific investigations into mummies inspired dread, horror and fear such as the curse of the mummy. Join local historians for this talk to discover the truth behind the legends of Egyptian mummies.

Book on 0161 275 2648, free, adults

Tuesday 20 March

6.30-8pm: Body Bits: Ethics of Using Biomaterials

Guided tour of the ‘Human Body Trail’ which links Museum exhibits to the themes of biomaterials, enhancement, genethics, and reproduction, followed by discussion on the ethics of donating biomaterials for medical and scientific use.

As part of the Wellcome Trust’s 75th anniversary celebrations, researchers from Manchester and Edinburgh universities worked with Museum staff to devise a trail linking exhibits in The Manchester Museum to their research themes of biomaterials, enhancement, genethics and reproduction. This event includes a guided tour of part of the ‘Human Body Trail’, including a look behind-the-scenes. This will be followed by discussion – based around the question of whether there is a moral obligation to donate certain kinds of bodily materials (e.g. blood and organs) – and the opportunity to talk to staff and students from the Wellcome Programme on the Human Body: Its Scope, Limits and Future about their research. Refreshments will be provided part way through, and the event will last around one and half hours.

Book on 0161 275 2648, free, adults

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