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Jeremy Bentham in the Rock Room
12 November 2012
Our Rock Room played host for the day to the auto-icon of Jeremy Bentham while the UCL conservators carried out their restorative work.
During the day
Bentham's clothes were cleaned and their condition recorded. Staff, students and the general public were invited to come and have a closer look at him. In total 364
people came to see him in the Rock Room.
Jeremy Bentham was a philosopher and jurist and is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism. When he died in 1832 he left his body to be publicly dissected by his friend, Dr Thomas Southwood Smith, and asked that it be preserved as an ‘Auto-Icon’. Jeremy the Auto-Icon came to the College in 1850, he has been cared for by UCL ever since.
The Rock Room is located on the 1st Floor of the Wilkins Building and it houses UCL’s Geology Collection. Nick Booth, the UCL teaching collections curator talks about revamping the collection, its history and some of the collection’s most impressive objects.