1 May 2015
Showcasing an extensive and well displayed range of archival material, original evidence, photographs, film footage, specimens and forensic implements, you’ll be exposed to a surreal world of scientific skills and techniques that have helped catch and convict criminals throughout history, and are ever more valuable today.
Gory highlights include two sections of a human brain showing the journey of a bullet, a detective’s notebook from 1937 illustrating bloodstain patterns, 19th century post-mortem sets and modern day forensic kits.
Other memorable displays include the ghostly but extraordinary X-ray photographs demonstrating facial reconstruction of murdered Isabella Ruxton and a small bottle of blowfly larvae which was used to eventually catch her murderer in 1935 – the first time in the UK that blowfly larvae was used as forensic evidence to convict a criminal.
‘Forensics: The anatomy of crime’ is on until the 21 June, and we highly recommended it. While you are there why not enjoy a bite to eat in the lively Wellcome café (just don’t leave any fingerprints on that chocolate muffin).