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A student research project has solved the mystery of the Robert Noel heads
25 July 2014
“No.34 Murderer.” These few words, handwritten on a tag attached to one of 30 plaster cast heads, represented the first clue for a group of Museum Studies students.
Their aim was to see what they could discover about the mysterious collection, gathered by the phrenologist Robert Noel between 1837 and 1845 and donated to UCL in 1911.
The head casts were known to depict an assortment of characters, from poets and professors to murderers and highwaymen, but beyond these scant details, very little was known. Until now.
Here’s how the students’ work led to the uncovering of a century-old mystery.
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