‘death: the human experience’ celebrates 50k visitors

Posted on by Lauren MacCarthy.

Amber Druce, co-curator of death: the human experience

We’re celebrating 50,000 visitors to death: the human experience! There’s only three weeks left of the exhibition so if you haven’t seen it yet, now’s the time!

Skeleton, vulture and Mexican figurine on display in exhibition

Symbols of death

Additionally, death: is it your right to choose? and Documenting Death are are also open until 13 March.

We’ve had some amazing feedback and we’re thrilled with the interest we’ve had from around the world. We wanted visitors to feel more comfortable talking about death and dying, and that certainly seems to have happened.

Stages of death - Grave Goods and Containing the dead

Stages of death – Grave Goods and Containing the dead


We’ve been delighted with all the projects the exhibition has inspired, including art and design, ethics, dance, and journalism. Social media comments have been fascinating and it’s been great to see that conversations have continued at home. Take a look at #ISawDeath on Twitter and Instagram for some of the responses.


A version of death: the human experience is now available online. We would love to know what you think and whether you would like us to do this for more exhibitions.

Our events have been extremely popular. We’ve celebrated Mexican Day of the Dead, had curator talks, hosted an assisted dying debate, and we’ve had a Q&A session with death professionals. To reach as many people as possible, several of our events were recorded and are now available on our Youtube channel. The assisted dying debate has been listened to over 1,000 times already.

Stages of death - Funerals

Stages of death – Funerals

Our remaining events are:

Elsewhere in the city, Bristol Cathedral is hosting Death and Dying: a talk with Simon Caraffi, Chief Executive at St Peter’s Hospice, on 24 February.

We really hope our exhibition has inspired you to think about death and to discuss your wishes. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to join a death cafe or get involved with Dying Matters Week, write a will, or plan your funeral. Talking about death is important so let’s keep the conversation going!

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