Body Snatchers

In this section, you will find a range of resources, images, links and engagement activities related to the topic of body snatching and dealing with corpses that have been used successfully within the CSHHH Journeys in Health History School Engagement Project.


Body Snatchers and Grave Robbers: Lesson Breakdown

Body Snatching: Lesson Presentation


Resources and activities:

Defend the Grave: 

This activity encouraged the pupils to think creatively and logically about which ways graves were protected in the 19th century.



The Trial of William Burke – Article published by the Wellcome Trust

The body snatchers: corpse and effect – Interactive Article from Cambridge University


Audio Visual:

Burke and Hare | Secondary History – Hunting for History (BBC Teach YouTube Video)



Body Snatching Images