Spanish influenza

One hundred years ago, the 1918 influenza pandemic wreaked havoc across the glove, affecting the health of about one-fifth of the world’s population. It caused the deaths of approximately 50-100 million people worldwide; more than the estimated 16 million lives claimed by the First World War. The first wave of ‘flu appeared in the spring of 1918, followed by a more virulent second wave in the autumn, and a third wave in the spring of 1919. In total, it is estimated that the epidemic claimed around a quarter of a million lives in Britain. Approximately 1663 of these deaths were from the Worcestershire area. Whilst media attention and history books have focused on the victorious end to the War the tragedy of the Spanish ‘Flu has been wiped from our collective memory.

Visit from January 2019 to view our exhibition about the Spanish ‘flu, supported by touring panels from the Florence Nightingale Museum.

Click here to find out more of our Spanish ‘flu related activities, including a KS2 schools workshop and Study Day on Friday 5 April, 2019.

Illustrations by Seraphim Bryant.

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THE ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS

Come along to view our small temporary display about the history of the Royal Army Medical Corps, which celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2018. With the help of one of our own volunteers, the display tells the story of Dr. Albert Ivor Morrison, and showcases some of his objects and photographs alongside the museum’s own collection.

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YOU’VE MISSED IT!

THE NHS AT 70

Click on the following links to download the display panels produced for the display at George Marshall Medical Museum: Panel 1 Panel 2 Panel 3

All displayed items have now been returned to store but you can still have your say about your NHS memory by downloading and returning the following form:- Click here to download.

I believe it will lift the shadow from millions of homes. It will keep many people alive who might otherwise be dead. It will relieve suffering. It will produce higher standards for the medical profession. It will be a great contribution to the wellbeing of the common people of Great Britain.
— The Right Hon. Aneurin Bevan MP (1897-1960) House of Commons, April 1946

florence nightingale and the worcester infirmary

Sadly, you have now missed your chance to see rare plans from the archives and the George Marshall Medical Museum's copy of Florence Nightingale's Notes on Hospitals. The display about Florence Nightingale's impact on nursing and hospital design (and the changes which could have been implemented at Worcester Infirmary) has now been taken down. However, it was so popular, we have uploaded the exhibition interpretation for you, created by Volunteer Emily Cheetham: Panel 1 Panel 2 Panel 3.

The Mann, The Artist, The Pharmacist, until November 2018  Click on this image to be taken to our online pages, specially created for this temporary exhibition.

The Mann, The Artist, The Pharmacist, until November 2018

Click on this image to be taken to our online pages, specially created for this temporary exhibition.

Worcester Royal Infirmary Nurses' League, until December 2018  Curated by two of our volunteers (one an Associate Member of the Worcester Royal Infirmary Nurses' League), we held a display about the League, including photographs of members, past and present, and information about the important fund-raising activities of its members.

Worcester Royal Infirmary Nurses' League, until December 2018

Curated by two of our volunteers (one an Associate Member of the Worcester Royal Infirmary Nurses' League), we held a display about the League, including photographs of members, past and present, and information about the important fund-raising activities of its members.