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Either Side of the Veil: Communication Through Commemoration by Charlie Guy

Saturday, 6th November ,2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Either Side of the Veil

REE online talk – Either Side of the Veil: Communication Through Commemoration by Charlie Guy

The Museum of Wigan Life is delighted to host this FREE online talk.

Either Side of the Veil: Communication Through Commemoration

Take a look at the treatment of the human corpse throughout history and it is possible to see an evolution spanning social, economic and religious domains. From the simple prehistoric burial, to the far more religious pre-Reformation Tudor funeral, and then on to the highly ceremonial, mournful, Victorian funeral, the treatment of the human body after death has always been subject to change. This talk will look at how the evolution of the funeral runs concurrent to contemporary concerns of how best to deal with a corpse and how, for whatever reason, these concerns have been altered throughout the course of time – and how the belief in communication with the dead reached its peak in the Victorian era.

Charlie Guy is an anatomist and social historian, holding masters qualifications in Human Anatomy from the University of Edinburgh, and in English from Edge Hill University, Lancashire. Charlie has significant expertise in literature, cultural history, medical history and practical anatomy, and has previously presented work at the University of Edinburgh Death and Identity in Scotland (2016) conference, the annual British Association of Clinical Anatomists (2019) conference, and was keynote speaker for the Natural Bodies (2020) conference held at the University of Worcester.

For several years Charlie has written and presented annual historical talks for the Museum of Wigan Life, focusing on Victorian death practices, traditions, and superstitions, and her previously published work also includes a journal article centred around the history of monumental architecture for Mausolus, the journal of the Mausolea and Monuments Trust, as well as two pieces in Wigan’s local history magazine Past Forward.

We are delighted to welcome her back for this online talk.

Please note, this talk may be recorded.

The Zoom log in details for joining will be sent out 24 hours before the event and again two hours before the start.

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Saturday, 6th November ,2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Wigan, United Kingdom