This collection is a unique interactive resource on the disease of leprosy (properly known as Hansen's disease). The collection holds 120 3-D scans and X-rays of skeletons excavated from a medieval leprosarium, or leper hospital, in Chichester - the St. James and St. Mary Magdalene. The hospital was located outside the boundaries of the town walls and was in use from the early 12th century until at least 1418.
The resource is the only large-scale one of its kind in the UK and there are only a few such collections worldwide. Alongside a clinical description of each specimen, the collection also features 400 X-rays of the affected bones of leprosy patients living in Ethiopia during the 1980s. These modern images are a valuable tool for analysing the way the disease has pathologically remodelled itself in the centuries since the Chichester leprosarium was in use.