Bodies of Knowledge Symposium

  • Free
  • Symposium
  • Schools
  • British Sign Language
Photograph of four people discussing a skeleton which is laid out on a table in front of them.
Bodies of Knowledge study day. Photo: Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. © All rights reserved.

In this cross-curricular careers day we will consider the significance of our relationship with our body and how it helps form our identity. We’ll also examine how and why our knowledge of human anatomy has changed over the last 2000 years. The event is suitable for A-level/BTEC or equivalent students of Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology or Health and Social Care.

What you’ll do

The day will be comprised of keynote talks in the auditorium followed by a discussion and facilitated, interactive activities in smaller groups throughout the building, and a closing talk and feedback at the end of the day. 

This symposium will encourage students to reflect upon the variety of careers that link to different understandings of the body. All sessions will be led by academics and experts from the worlds of science, health and art, as well as other relevant professions. Contributors will include medical practitioners, a dance therapist, a playwright and a bio-archaeologist. 

There are places for up to 100 sixth-form students (aged 16 to 19), with a maximum booking of 20 students per school. The event is only available for London-based schools. 

This event will have British Sign Language interpretation. If you have any other access requirements, please let us know when you make your booking.



Need to know


This event will take place at different times during the day, throughout our building. Please check for times on the day.

School booking conditions

Your school or college can book a maximum of two study days per term. To secure your booking, you'll need to complete and return the required forms promptly.

All study days and events are free, but we charge a fee for cancellation or significant changes to your group size made within three weeks of your visit. Both policies are explained fully in the agreement we ask you to sign ahead of your visit.

British Sign Language

This event will have British Sign Language interpretation. If you would like to come along, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

Our event terms and conditions

About your contributors

Professor Roger Kneebone

Roger Kneebone is a clinician and educationalist who leads a multidisciplinary research group at Imperial College London. Roger leads on a variety of projects, including the running of the master’s degree in Surgical Education at Imperial College, has received a Wellcome Public Engagement Fellowship and hosts a regular podcast series, Countercurrent.

Brenda Naso


Brenda is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and Somatic Movement Therapist. She has over 15 years working experience in different clinical settings such as the NHS, both acute and community mental health, the charitable sector and private clinical and supervisory practice.

Colour photograph of Jelena Bekvalac.

Jelena Bekvalac


Jelena Bekvalac is Curator of Human Osteology at the Centre for Bioarchaeology at the Museum of London.

Matilda Feyisayo Ibini


Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini is an award-winning bionic, Queer playwright, screenwriter and (occasional) facilitator from London, a Nigerian Londoner if you will.  She has Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy and is a wheelchair user. She writes for stage, TV, film and audio. Her work often centres women, disabled people, Queer people and the Black British experience through a magical realist lens.