'Unearthed' - Dissecting the Truth at the Infirmary

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As part of a summer of activities for families, hosted by the University of Worcester, the Infirmary museum at the City Campus will be holding a special day on Wednesday 31st July where visitors can uncover sinister stories of the Royal Infirmary.

During the development of the University’s City Campus, at the Infirmary site, two shallow pits of disarticulated bones were unearthed – adding weight to stories that a tunnel which led from the county gaol to the hospital was used to transport hung prisoners to dissect dead bodies and practice amputation.

The ‘Unearthed’ event is an opportunity for people to come and explore these finds, discover more about past medical knowledge and join in on mini archaeological digs.

The event, run in conjunction with the Festival of Archaeology, starts at 11am and finishes at 4pm. It will feature an exciting series of activities throughout the day led by Discover and Worcestershire’s Archaeology Service.

Carol Bowsher, Learning and Access Officer for The Infirmary, said: “This is a great family event which allows people to get hands on and learn more about the bones that were found on site and what they can tell about past diseases and dissection. You can also have a go at our amputation station in the Infirmary which has lots of fun activities for young people.”

The exhibition is open all day and admission to the event and exhibition are free. This event is suitable for families with activities to suit different age ranges. The exhibition is recommended for seven years and above.

For more information contact Carol Bowsher at or telephone 01905 542540.