I am now the Technical Curator of a Victorian Pathology Musum, restoring the 5000 anatomical specimens to their former glory and teasing stories from the dead in a different way. I am in the enviable position of having one foot firmly planted in the future of Pathology, and one firmly in the past.
Carla Valentine: qualified Anatomical Pathology Technologist (Mortuary Technician or ‘Mortician’) holding both the Certificate and Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology, and currently researching our relationships with human remains. Author of 'Past Mortems'. To find out how to become an APT see the AAPT Website.
I am a Fellow of the Association of Anatomical Pathology Technologists (AAPT), a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), and an Associate Member of The Death and Culture Network (DaCNet)
Through the course of my eight year career I carried out autopsies on Coronial, hospital and forensic cases, including paediatric and adult. This work also involved CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) and other high risk cases such as SARS, Swine Flu and CJD. In my spare time I studied Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology which led me to excavate plague graves in Venice and WWI graves in Belgium, as well as medieval burials in Chester.