By Jo Anderson, Assistant Keeper of Archaeology, Great North Museum: Hancock.

Irtyru — the mummified woman displayed in the Great North Museum: Hancock — is well known to generations of adults and children from Newcastle upon Tyne and beyond. Irtyru has been in the museum now for a very long time. Over that period, there have been many changes in how society views the display of human remains. Our historical relationship with her could be viewed as problematic, and our current relationship is proving to be just as tricky.

The morals and ethics of museums displaying human remains have changed…

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

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