CASE STUDY

Lindow Man: a Bog Body Mystery

The loan of the 2,500-year-old Lindow Man, Britain’s best-preserved bog body, by the British Museum resulted in an award-winning temporary exhibition, Lindow Man: a Bog Body Mystery at the Manchester Museum. Staff had been working on the ethical treatment of human remains in museums; the exhibition attempted to raise the issue for public debate. Following a public consultation, staff decided to interpret the body from a number of perspectives, in order to show what the remains meant to different people. The exhibition and accompanying programme of events received a wide range of responses regarding human remains in museums, their display and retention.

Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum