accidental death
research project commissioned by beam, wakefield 2014/15

I was invited to undertake a research residency at The Orangery, Wakefield in 2014. Located directly adjacent to the mainline Wakefield Westgate train station in the heart of the city, this Grade II* listed building and site is home to arts charity Beam. My research was focussed on the history and use of the site as a zoological gardens in the 1800's and reports that a resident bear escaped and killed a woman.

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Hannah Haselgrave. Victim of the bear attack. Died 9th June 1844 aged 53.
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Thomas Haselgrave. Gardener, seed and hop supplier, owner of the Zoological Gardens Wakefield. Brother-in-law to Hannah Haselgrave.

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Mrs Haselgrave. Wife of Thomas Haselgrave. Injured in the bear attack.
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Joseph Gledhill. Biscuit Hawker. Lived on Primrose Hill.

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Mr Burrell. Surgeon. Attended to the injured.

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Thomas Lee Esq. Coroner and Attorney for Wakefield.
Head of Inquest held at the Black Horse Inn on 10
th June 1844.

All portraits ink on paper from a series of 13

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