German anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens' preserved humans to visit Newcastle

By Christian Engel | 15 April 2014

Plastination specimens from 14,000 donations are about to spring into forensic life in Newcastle

A photo of people looking at a human body in motion shown in forensic detail
© Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany / bodyworlds.com
Comprised mostly of real bodies that have been preserved, the anatomy exhibition, Body Worlds Vital, will make its UK debut in Newcastle’s Life Science Centre in May. The exhibition explores the workings of human life.

A photo of a forensically detailed human body balancing on some sort of trapeze
© Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany / bodyworlds.com
Body Worlds has attracted more than 38 million visitors in over 90 cities including Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City.

It is based on a special preservation technique called plastination which was invented by the German anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens.

All the bodies exposed stem from a donation programme established in 1982. To date, more than 14,000 individuals around the world have bequeathed their remains to the programme.

To demonstrate how lifestyle choices such as smoking may affect the body, it shows healthy and diseased organs alongside each other. Highlights include the bodies of a relay runner and a gymnast posed in a spread-eagle jump.

Linda Conlon, the Chief Executive of Life, says she is “incredibly proud” to bring the exhibition to Newcastle.

“It fuses art, science and culture and helps us to understand the wonder, sophistication and fragility of our own bodies,” she adds.

  • Body Worlds Vital is at Life Science Centre from May 17 – November 2 2014. Open 10am-6pm (8pm Thursday, 11am-6pm Sunday). Admission £7.50-£12 (free for under-2s, family ticket £29.50). Book online.

A photo of a forensically detailed human body looking at another one on a table
© Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany / bodyworlds.com
A photo of two forensically detailed human bodies appearing to play badminton
© Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany / bodyworlds.com
A photo of a forensically detailed human body balancing with arms out as if ice skating
© Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany / bodyworlds.com
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