School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Human and animal classifications workshop

A workshop will be held 10am-12.30pm, Friday 19 April, to look at texts, objects and images relating to animal and human anatomy found in different University of Edinburgh collections, and to set this evidence in a European and North American context.

The workshop is the last in a series of three, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, within a research project called Apes and Angels.

Apes and Angels is a multi-disciplinary project, based in the University’s School of History, Classics and Archaeology, which addresses the theme of human-animal relations in the early modern period before publication of Darwin’s 'On the Origin of Species' (1859).

The project will culminate in a public exhibition in Edinburgh in November 2014.


The programme will include:

  • Overview of objects and texts in Edinburgh collections
  • Breakout session in the anatomical museum, Old Medical School
  • Paper: 'Elephants and exclusivity: comparative anatomy, veterinary science and medical bodies in nineteenth-century Edinburgh' by Dr Andrew Gardiner, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Tea / coffee will be served 9.30-10am.


The workshop will take place in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Doorway 3, Old Medical School, Teviot Place.

Please book (it’s free)

The workshops are open to all but due to limitations of space, anyone interested in attending should please contact Dr Stephen Bowd to book a space.

Dr Stephen Bowd

Reader; European History, 1500-1800

  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • University of Edinburgh

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