FoMM Talk, Dr Melanie Giles on “Bog Bodies”

ONLINE, 21 April – PLEASE BOOK BY 14 April!

Friends of Malton Museum present “BOG BODIES”, an online illustrated talk by Dr Melanie Giles

Wednesday 21ST April at 7.30 pm. All welcome

Many in Slingsby will have heard Mel’s entertaining talks on a variety of topics.

Bog Bodies: face-to-face with the past’
In this lecture, Dr Melanie Giles will explore the iconic phenomenon of well-preserved human ‘mummies’ from the peat bogs of north-western Europe. She will explore how our changing relationship with these wetland environments has shaped the reception of these remains, examining the different techniques through which they have been conserved and curated. She will compare different explanations for their often violent deaths before discussing the ‘cold case’ of Worsley man: Manchester Museum’s own ‘bog head’ and the new research which tells a rather different story of his death in the context of the Roman conquest of the north. Finally, she will discuss issues around their exhibition, display and continuing hold upon our imagination, arguing they have to power to both appal yet impel us to form new relationships with the bog itself.

For your link to join the lecture, please email

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Please do this by 14th April.