University of Edinburgh
Anatomy Lecture Theatre
Edinburgh University has played a
vital historical role in the research and teaching of anatomy. Pioneering
work in the area took place in the University's original anatomy lecture
theatre, located in Old College on South Bridge (now the School of Law).
Bodies were delivered for dissection via a tunnel that ran from the basement
of a nearby house into the University building, and was used to transport
the cadavers of several notorious prisoners including 'body-snatcher' William
Burke after he had been hanged.
At the end of the 19th century, Old College was deemed too small and cramped, and Robert Rowand Anderson was commissioned to design a new Medical School. Built in the late 1880s, this School housed a then state-of-the-art 'Anatomy Lecture Theatre' containing 200 steeply raked seats rising above a central dissecting table.
This historic venue is not normally open to the public, and will form a spectacular and appropriate backdrop to Hauntings.
(The Anatomy Lecture Theatre is housed in the
University Medical School, Building 17)