20–30 September 2018


Among the ‘Sculls That Lie Heap’d Up’

Step inside a medieval charnel chapel

This  immersive installation replicates the sights, sounds and smells of the unique medieval charnel chapel at Rothwell.

Get hands on with charnel practices by stacking replica bones and skulls and see artwork inspired by the chapel over the last 300 years.

Rothwell charnel chapel is a 13th century room that contains the bones of thousands of people who died in Britain between the 13th and 16th centuries. Watch this fly-through video to find out more:


Lizzy Craig-Atkins is a biological anthropologist and funerary archaeologist in the Department of Archaeology. Her research interests focus include the study of archaeological human skeletal remains to explore health, disease and lifestyle over the past 1,000 years and the treatment of the body after death. Lizzy directs the University of Sheffield’s MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology, which trains students in the study of human bones and burial archaeology.

Jennifer Crangle is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology. She is an expert on charnel chapels and specialises in English and European medieval funerary archaeology, osteology and disarticulated skeletal material. Her research focuses on funerary treatments exacted on human skeletal material and the curation of the dead. Jennifer completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield and currently works as a researcher for English Heritage.

Olly Galvin is the director of Galvin Events. He has over 15 years’ experience working in the event industry, working in roles such as safety officer, event director and site manager for major events such as Detonate Festival, YNOT Festival and the recent Beyoncé tour. Olly is a graduate of the University of Sheffield, with a BA in English Literature from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.