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The Morbid Anatomy Lecture Series with the Last Tuesday Society

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The Last Tuesday Society is nothing if not original, and its latest foray into the all-too-often predictable world of talks and workshops is nothing if not unexpected. For June and July, it has invited Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy to London to collaborate on a series of events centred around art and medicine, death and culture, and the interconnections between these topics. Talks promise to be lively, with highlights including 'The Mystic Chemist: The Life of Albert Hofmann and his Discovery of LSD' with Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmüller (May 30), 'Dissection and Witchcraft: Images of Corpses in Early Modern Art' with Constanza Isaza Martinez (June 18); and the illustrated lecture 'Art, Wax, Death and Anatomy' with art historian Roberta Ballestriero (June 3). Workshops too explore some fascinating historical arts and crafts – we're particularly taken by 'The Victorian Art of Hair Jewellery', in which Karen Bachmann explores a modern take on an enormously popular form of commemorative art that began in the late seventeenth century and consisted of encasing the hair of a deceased loved one in metal lockets or weaving it into a relic (June 14, 15 and 16). Our interest's piqued too by the 'Bat in a Glass Dome' workshop (June 29 and 30). At £150 it's at the pricier end of the events in the series, but given that you're provided with a bat skeleton, glass dome, branches, glue, tools, and all the necessary materials to create your own version of an osteological display in the fashion of nineteenth-century zoological displays, it sounds a bargain. As does Professor Heard's 'Most Extraordinary Magic Lantern Show' (£10, June 12). To see details of all the events and book, visit http://thehendrickslectureseries.co.uk/.

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