Bentham s real head remains stored in safe conditions at university college london ucl and his auto icon has been in ucl s possession since 1850. Free entry open 7 days per week 07 00 19 00.
Bentham s auto icon was acquired by university college london ucl in 1850 and was subsequently displayed there.
Auto icon bentham. Or if you want jeremy bentham s auto icon is always right there in the south cloisters of ucl s main building in london england waiting patiently for you to visit. As far as human remains go the auto icon of jeremy bentham is well traveled. In march 2020 jeremy bentham s auto icon moved to an exciting new home in the student centre which provides the very best preservation conditions greater visitor access and a place at the centre of the student community.
Ucl student centre 27 28 gordon square bloomsbury london wc1h 0ah. Meet the auto icon of jeremy bentham. Schofield tells the world that bentham would not only reject the need to follow tradition but would also quite probably like the auto icon s new home where the wax head created to replace the.
Yet whatever bentham s true motives the auto icon will always be a source of fascination and debate and will serve as a perpetual reminder of the man whose ideals inspired the institution in which it stands. Find out more. The auto icon remains on display today.
Lawyer philosopher radical designer of the panopticon. It was later locked away. Posted by lmthulin on september 7 2019 december 20 2019.
Perhaps the auto icon may be more plausibly regarded as an attempt to question religious sensibilities about life and death. The auto icon was therefore given a wax head fitted with some of bentham s own hair. Lesley thulin jeremy bentham one of the founders of modern utilitarianism has an old saw about pushpin.
They demanded a ransom of. To read more about jeremy bentham head over to the ucl bentham project. The real head was displayed in the same case as the auto icon for many years but became the target of repeated student pranks.
The skeleton or auto icon is now on display at university college london the rumours that king college students stole bentham s head are true christina confirmed. Auto icon of jeremy bentham. The mummified head was first placed between the icon s feet then stored in a nearby box then finally put in a safe at ucl s institute of archaeology.
The model of the british philosopher consisting of a wax head and a foam body built around his actual skeleton has. You can even check out a virtual rendition of the auto icon right at your computer.