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Skeletons: Our Buried Bones at M Shed

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Skeletons: Our Buried Bones at M Shed


Twelve human skeletons from Bristol and London, each with a unique story to tell.

A young man buried without ceremony in South Gloucestershire 3,500 years ago. A Roman couple found in a single stone coffin and a child from a Victorian burial ground.

They reflect society’s rich and varied past and the changing face of the places we live and work in today.

Alongside the exhibition, children can reveal some of the science behind the stories in the Bone Lab. Test your knowledge of bones; search for hidden clues to analyse skeletons yourself; and hear from experts of the excavation site, lab and museum.

Skeletons: Our Buried Bones is a collaboration between Wellcome Collection and the Museum of London, touring to Glasgow, Bristol and Leeds over 2016 - 2018. Please note: this exhibition contains human remains. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Bristol skeletons

1. A young man found at Tormarton whose skeleton shows multiple weapon injuries which contributed to his violent death during the Bronze Age in about 977 BC.
2. The skeletons of a Romano-British man and woman found together in a stone coffin at Mangotsfield. Weapon injuries suggest that the woman was decapitated.
3. A woman (35-39yrs) found at Wallscourt Farm, Filton buried between 410-655 AD who sustained an injury to the front of her skull that did not kill her.
4. A medieval middle-aged man buried at St Augustine the Less between 1200-1500 AD who suffered from extensive osteoarthritis and sinusitis.
5. A Victorian child who died at about 8 years of age, found at a convent burial ground at St Catherine’s Court, who had undergone a post mortem craniotomy.

London skeletons

1. A child about 11 years of age buried at Chelsea Old Church between 150 and 200 years ago who suffered from rickets.
2. A middle-aged man buried at St Bride’s Lower Cemetery about 150-80 years ago who suffered from tuberculosis.
3. A young medieval woman buried up to 650 years ago at St Mary Graces whose skull was stained green by the copper waste from the Royal Mint that also occupied the site.
4. A Roman middle-aged man buried up to 1900 years ago who suffered from multiple myeloma – a cancer of the plasma in the blood.
5. A young woman (18-25yrs) buried at the Cross Bones burial site (1598-1853), whose skeleton shows evidence of rickets and syphilis.
6. A medieval monk found at the site of Bermondsey Abbey, a monastic burial site, who suffered from several fractures as well as osteoarthritis and spondylosis. 

Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm.

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M Shed is closed on Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays during Bristol school holidays.

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M Shed
Princes Wharf
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Tel: +44 117 352 6600

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