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From herbs and humours to hospitals and healthcare: the birth of the NHS

21 July 2018

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From herbs and humours to hospitals and healthcare: the birth of the NHS

21 July 2018

Come and join us for a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service.

Our study day will look at health and welfare in the centuries before its birth, as well as exploring the people and events that led to its inception and the nature of its impact on society.

The programme will be fun and thought provoking, with a mixture of illustrated talks, demonstrations and a themed tour of the Museum.

Programme

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Herbs and humours to hospitals and healthcare: the birth of the NHS

Saturday 21 July 2018

 

9.00am           Arrival, tea and coffee

9.30am           What did we have before germs?

Kevin Goodman, BCLM

This presentation will focus on people's causal beliefs of illness before Pasteur's theory i.e. the four humours and how they are still with us today.

10.15am         Dirt and disease: the Victorian invention of public health

Simon Briercliffe, Historical Researcher, BCLM

Nineteenth-century epidemics of cholera, smallpox, and other diseases revealed to many Victorians the shocking conditions of towns in industrial Britain. From the 1830s, a new kind of public health was invented based on sewers, sanitary reform and surveillance of the poor. The Black Country was a prime example of this new approach, which addressed some of the pressing environmental issues of the day whilst cementing public opinions about the poor.

Simon Briercliffe is a historical researcher at the Black Country Living Museum, and a doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham studying Victorian Wolverhampton.

11.00am         Break

11.30am         Guided Tour of Museum

Kevin Goodman, BCLM

12.45pm        Lunch Break

1.30pm           Anticipating the NHS: literature links

Dr Natalie Jones, Research Fellow (Public Engagement) for the Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award "The Cultural History of the NHS"      

Natalie is a visual artist and literary scholar, looking into cultural representations of the NHS. She is also jointly responsible for “The Cultural History of the NHS” team’s public engagement activities.

2.15pm           Public Health and Visual Culture in the NHS

Dr Jane Hand, Research Fellow for the Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award "The Cultural History of the NHS"

Jane is a historian of visual images and public health in post-war Britain, working on health education and citizenship in the NHS.

3.00pm           Afternoon Break

3.15pm           Identity and Work in the NHS

Dr Jack Saunders, Research Fellow for the Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award "The Cultural History of the NHS"              

Jack is a historian of work and workplace culture in post-war Britain and is researching the experiences and changing attitudes of NHS staff.

4.45pm           Questions and finish

Booking Details

This is a Heritage Explorer Study Days, part of the IgnitEd Programme

Book online now or call our Bookings Team on 0121 520 8054 (Mon-Fri, 10am -4pm)*

*An admin fee of £3 is charged should you wish to have your tickets printed and posted rather than email.

Time: 9am - 4pm

Maximum Places: 15

Cost: £15 per person includes, car parking, refreshments and lunch voucher.

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