Essex taxidermy owner rakes in thousands selling pickled HUMAN body parts

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Henry Scragg and a pickled body part


MACABRE: Henry Scragg has created an Aladdin’s cave of the human anatomy (Pic: Curiosities from the 5th corner/Facebook)

Henry Scragg has created an Aladdin’s cave of the human anatomy – including skulls, flesh, ovaries, a foetus and even a pair of hands.

Henry, a self confessed hoarder, has also collected taxidermy including a controversial dog skin rug. 

And a single item can fetch up to £2,650.

But he admits his gruesome collection, housed at in Battlebridge, Essex, can provoke extreme reactions from visitors. 

Human body part

GRISLY: The museum contains hundreds of human body parts (Pic: Curiosities from the 5th corner/Facebook)

“What I do is recycle, I don’t affect the living I recycle the dead, I’m not causing harm to anyone”

Henry Scragg

Henry told EssexLive: “People get very upset when they see the taxidermy dog skin rug. 

“They say it’s cruel, but the way I see it is if you have had a dog that has been adored and loved its whole life then that’s quite a beautiful thing to turn it into a rug.

“People see it as sick because they are not used to it, but if it’s standard leather or anything that doesn’t have a face, people don’t connect with as much.”

But he insisted most of his customers are “open minded people” from all walks of life including medical professionals. 

“A lot of people bring me things because they don’t know what to do with them or no one else will buy them.

“Some people are not happy that I make money out of it but the way I see it is, what is more ethical? Surely it would be better to provide them to people who appreciate them instead of throw them away.” 

Henry Scragg

‘RECYCLING’: Henry insisted he is not doing any harm to anyone (Pic: Curiosities from the 5th corner/Facebook)

Human body part

GRUESOME: The items can provoke extreme reactions from museum visitors (Pic: Curiosities from the 5th corner/Facebook)

“I’’m used to the hate, the hate comes regularly,” Henry said. 

“Someone randomly left a hand written sign outside saying ‘you and this shop are sick’ before running off.

“It’s a shame. They think that I’m sick and the shop is sick. 

“If they were mature enough to come in we could have had a cup of tea and a decent conversation.”

Henry insists any animals sold are either vintage, died naturally or were consumed by humans. 

ACQUIRED TASTE: Henry has defended his collection against people claiming it is “sick” (Pic: Curiosities from the 5th corner/Facebook)

The human body parts – located in a private section of the museum – are kept in jars and preserved in formaldehyde before being transferred into an alcohol and distilled water solution.

They are usually old medical specimens or tribal pieces from various cultures across the globe, he revealed. 

“What I do is recycle, I don’t affect the living I recycle the dead, I’m not causing harm to anyone.

“We are generally used to burial or cremation but other cultures treat remains in a different way, respecting them visually in their remains.

“I understand that some people don’t get it or think it’s disrespectful or wrong to sell remains because as a society we don’t generally know about the traditions of other cultures.” 



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