Short notice, but persons of a morbid or academic bent might want to pop over to UCL on Thursday afternoon – for there is a chance to have your photo taken with a dead man.

Dead for roughly 180 years, Jeremy has famously sat in a box in UCL ever since after his body was dissected and stuffed then put on public display — at his insistence.

He was taken out and cleaned earlier this year, which offered a rare chance to stand behind him – but this Thursday “staff, students and societies in the UCL community” can stand beside him by going to the pop-up photo booth in the South Cloisters and have their photo taken.

Everyone who takes part will receive a Jeremy Bentham pop-up paper head and will be entered into a prize draw for Bloomsbury Theatre tickets.

The reason for the photo-op is that Thursday is the first ever ‘Global Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day’, recognising and celebrating the financial support that UCL staff, students and societies have received from thousands of generous UCL alumni.

Jeremy being a rather important part of UCL’s history, it seems that they thought it rude to leave him out of the fun.

Jeremy Bentham

Please note for this event it is essential to book photography ahead. To reserve a slot please email Rosie: with your preferred time (11am to 3pm) and anticipated number.

If you cant get along for the photos, he is on public display every day and you can just wander in to have a look. Go in though the main gates then head to far right corner and through the doors.


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