Elizabeth Hallam wins the Wellcome Medal

The Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems, 2016 has been awarded to Elizabeth Hallam for her book Anatomy Museum: Death and the Body Displayed.

The prize judges said: ‘It was an innovative, painstakingly researched and excellently produced and illustrated volume on the medical museum as a space of (anatomical) knowledge creation.’

The medal and prize are given by the Wellcome Trust and they are awarded biennially, by the Royal Anthropological Institute, for published work that makes a significant contribution to research in anthropology as applied to medical problems.

In praise of the book, the judges said: ‘Beautifully crafted, this is a unique anthropological and historical contribution to the study of contemporary anatomical and surgical learning. In awarding Hallam we can both award excellence but also indicate the broader, interdisciplinary connections made by anthropologists as applied to medical problems.’

About the author
Elizabeth Hallam is a Research Associate at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen. Her books include the co-authored Death, Memory and Material Culture (2001), the co-edited volumes Medical Museums: Past, Present, Future (2013) and Making and Growing: Anthropological Studies of Organisms and Artefacts (2014), and the edited Designing Bodies: Models of Human Anatomy from Wax to Plastics (2015).

Read more about the book
This innovative book opens up a wide-ranging history of deceased bodies on display, from medieval relics, to nineteenth-century mega-collections of human remains, to the controversial Body Worlds exhibition that is touring the globe. Find out more about Anatomy Museum on our website.