Burke and Hare artifacts in Edinburgh

In preparation for the world premiere of "The Nefarious, Immoral But Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke and Mr. Hare" with Boston Lyric Opera in November, I recently visited the collection of artifacts from the Burke and Hare saga at the Surgeon's Hall Museum in Edinburgh. The collection includes the death mask made of Burke after he was executed, and the pocket book made of his skin - gruesome!