9 November 2017

Winter lecture: Grave secrets

Over the past 15 years several large urban cemeteries in Bristol, disturbed by development projects, have been carefully excavated and the human remains meticulously studied.

Bristol’s population rose rapidly from 60,000 in 1801, to 138,000 by 1831 and then 330,000 in 1901 and, just as in many cities in the developing world today, this creates risks and opportunities for the people involved.

This talk will explore the impact of rapid urbanisation on 18th and 19th century Bristolians through the study of skeletal collections and how the historical lens can be central to the development of this new urban science.

Speaker: Professor Kate Robson-Brown, University of Bristol

Please note, the winter lectures take place at Priory Road Lecture Theatre. Parking can be difficult so please arrive an extra 15 minutes to allow plenty of time.