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The Un­der­croft Mu­seum at West­min­ster Abbey

is cur­rently closed, the items await­ing trans­fer to the Queen’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Gal­leries (020–7222 5152; www.west­min­ster-abbey.org), which are due to open in 2018; the Crime Mu­seum, Scot­land Yard, isn’t open to the public

The Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh Anatom­i­cal Mu­seum,

Med­i­cal School, Te­viot Place, Ed­in­burgh. More than 40 death masks on dis­play, in­clud­ing those of Burke and Hare, Isaac New­ton and Sir Wal­ter Scott (0131–650 1000; www.ed.ac.uk) of orig­i­nal 18th-cen­tury death masks—louis XVI, Marie An­toinette, Robe­spierre, Marat—as­so­ci­ated with the French Revo­lu­tion (0871 894 3000; www.madame­tus­sauds.co.uk)

Na­tional Por­trait Gallery,

St Martin’s Place, Lon­don WC2. Eigh­teen death masks, from that of Oliver Cromwell to the com­poser Alan Raw­sthorne (d.1971) (020–7306 0055; www. npg.org.uk)

Read­ing Room, Well­come Col­lec­tion,

183, Eus­ton Road, Lon­don N1. A col­lec­tion of death masks adorn the book stacks in this mod­ern li­brary (www.wel­comecol­lec­tion.org; 020–7611 2222)

Nor­wich Cas­tle Mu­seum and Art Gallery,

Cas­tle Meadow, Nor­wich, Nor­folk. Six death masks of mur­der­ers ex­e­cuted at Nor­wich Gaol be­tween 1837 and 1854 (01603 493625; www. mu­se­ums.nor­folk.gov.uk)

Mal­colm Mclaren

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