Discover Decomposition!

Date and time
Wednesday 19 June 2024 - Friday 21 June 2024 - 9.30am - 4.00pm BST
Room: VM 119, Victoria Mill, Burnley Campus
University of Central Lancashire, Victoria Mill, Trafalgar Street, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 1RA
Discover Decomposition! information
Entry fee: £50.00
Book your place

Are you interested in forensic science, pathology and decomposition? Would you like to find out more about how bodies change after death, and how this information can be used to help a criminal investigation? If so, this one-day workshop is for you.

This unique, exciting workshop will give you a chance to learn about decomposition, bones and bugs. This workshop is perfect for 16-19 year olds thinking about following a career in forensic science, medicine, biomedical sciences or veterinary science, but anyone with an interest in forensic anthropology, pathology, and crime scene investigation can come along.

Course Code: LAPDD

What you'll do

This workshop is delivered by experienced Forensic Anthropologists from the University of Central Lancashire, and gives you the chance to get up close to real dead bodies (animal) to learn about the processes of decomposition, and how they vary over time and in different environments. The workshop includes a visit to UCLan’s amazing animal decomposition research facility, TRACES, where you will see the exciting research projects we are undertaking.

The workshop will give attendees insight into the estimation of post-mortem interval, an understanding of how decomposition processes can vary, and how this science can be used to aid forensic investigations.

Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and goodie bag, and have something impressive to put on their personal statements.

Disclaimer: Some of the presentations may include graphic images. The animals are pigs that are used for ethically-approved decomposition research and educational purposes.

Workshop details


  • Wednesday 19 June 2024, 9.30am - 4pm
  • Thursday 20 June 2024, 9.30am - 4pm
  • Friday 21 June 2024, 9.30am - 4pm


University of Central Lancashire (Burnley campus), Victoria Mill, Trafalgar St, Burnley BB11 1RA. Trip includes a visit to UCLan’s TRACES facility


£50 per person, attendees should bring their own packed lunch and a drink. Attendees should bring clothes suitable for being outdoors and sturdy shoes.

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