Human remains in Sir Henry Wellcome's museum collection

The details of human remains and other items believed to contain human remains from Sir Hernry Wellcome's museum collection have been held at the Science Museum on behalf of Wellcome Collection since the 1970s.

The items are contained in downloadthis list PDF 66kb. The accompanying descriptions are generally those that were made at the time of the original cataloguing of the collection in the 1930s, and this is reflected in some of the language used and in territorial attributions that may have subsequently changed.

For detailed enquiries regarding specific human remains, please contact the Science Museum in the first instance.

Further information on the provenance of some of the remains may be available in the archives of the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum and Library (1874-1984), held at the library in Wellcome Collection.

You can find out more in our policy on the care of human remains in museums and galleries and you can read our statement of decisions regarding the return of these specific human remains from our collections here: