It turns out that one of London’s mummies is the daddy of everything from gay and women’s rights to universal suffrage. When the philosopher Jeremy Bentham died in 1832, he left more than just a range of influential arguments; he gifted his entire body to University College London, the institution of which he’s considered the spiritual father.
You can still see his preserved remains, topped by a wax head, in the South Cloisters of UCL’s main building. The original head is too delicate to display and is locked away to protect it from student practical jokers. In 1975 it was kidnapped by students from rival uni, King’s College London. Little pranksters.
You can pay your respects to Jeremy from 07.30-18.00 Monday-Friday.
Image © Matt from London