Is romance dead? Dundee hotel to host live dissection of animal heart on Valentine’s night

A Valentine’s date at the plush Malmaison hotel in Dundee might be on the cards for many loved up couples in the city.

But what about watching an animal heart dissection?

Staff from the University of Dundee’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) will be doing just that in the name of science – on the most romantic night of the year.

The general public, including couples looking for a more obscure Valentine’s date, are invited to attend the live dissection at the fancy hotel between 6pm and 8pm on Valentine’s night, however organisers warn “discretion is advised.”

Dundee Malmaison

Claire Cunningham, a mortuary technician at CAHID, will conduct the dissection believes the event will allow folk “to see where the real heartstrings are”.

She added: “As we approach Valentine’s Day, images of hearts are everywhere, but how much do people actually know about the real thing keeping us alive?

“This gave us the idea of offering people something different to do this Valentine’s Day so we are inviting members of the public to come and see how blood enters the heart, understand how it beats and learn how this can all change.

Claire Cunningham who will carry out the dissection.

“As our dissection will include a real animal heart, discretion is advised. Those who don’t wish to see the dissection can step out at that point and, and although young people are welcome at the event, they should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.”

The event is ticketed, with limited spaces available, and all proceeds will be donated to the British Heart Foundation.

The event is part of a nationwide series of ‘Anatomy Nights’, intended to give members of the public the opportunity to learn all about the human body.

Anyone interested in attending the Dundee event can book tickets at