Sunday 10 August 2008 9.22pm
People with an interest in SE1 history and archaeology may be interested in the new free exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. Skeletons: London's buried bones
which runs until 28 September.
Of the 26 skeletons in the exhibition, drawn from the 17,000 currently held by the Museum of London, there are several excavated locally in SE1 from both Crossbones Burial Ground
and Bermondsey Abbey
Each skeleton comes with its forensic history. If like me you have have picked up an acquaintance with anatomy from watching too many episodes of CSI it is a shock to see these terms applied to deaths of 200 or 2000 years ago.
There is a striking contrast between the symptoms of diseases of poverty and prostitution such as rickets and syphilis diagnosed for those interred at Crossbones and the effects of obesity on the joints of the monks and their servants at the abbey.