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STUDY DAY: Bovril, Whisky and Gravediggers The Spanish Flu Pandemic Comes to the West Midlands 1918-1920

  • George Marshall Medical Museum Charles Hastings Education Centre Worcester England, UK (map)

STUDY DAY: Spanish Flu Pandemic & its local consequences in the West Midlands 1918-1920

About this Event at the George Marshall Medical Museum

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About the Study Day

The ‘Spanish Flu,’ which broke out in 1918 killed more than 50 million people, yet is relatively unknown. It was a worldwide pandemic yet was experienced in families and local communities. Its consequences were seen in the long queues outside doctors and pharmacists, factories that lost production, schools and the cinemas that were closed and in an unprecedented and unmanageable demand for undertaker’s services.

This Study Day will explore the context, histories and science that surrounds the Spanish Flu and why it remains interesting for contemporary scientists.

The Venue

The event will take place at The George Marshall Medical Museum which is situated in the Charles Hastings Education Centre, an education and training facility for health care staff in Worcestershire. The Museum exhibits Mr. George Marshall's fantastic collection of objects illustrating the way that medicine and health care have developed over the past 250 years. Visitors to the Museum will see the gory collection of death masks of hanged criminals, the reconstructed apothecary shop and Victorian operating theatre.

The Programme:

The programme will include a variety of speakers including Professor Maggie Andrews and Dr Emma Edwards from the University of Worcester and Hannah Mawdsley, Teaching Associate, School of History, Queen Mary University London plus panel discussion, Q&A and film footage. More details to be announced.

The programme will commence at 10.45am and close at 2.30pm and will include a refreshment break and lunch.

For directions and more information:

https://medicalmuseum.org.uk/visit-gmmm

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The George Marshall Medical Museum is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and is free to enter. It is closed on Bank Holidays. Tours can be arranged outside of these hours. Charges apply.

Cost

£5 Student Concession (please bring ID)

£10 General Admission

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