Improving health in wartime exhibition

Army camp, Itea, Greece, November 1917

Members of the Centre for History in Public Health are participating in the exhibition Improving Health in Wartime  held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT. Join us for a series of events organised by the School’s Library and Archives Services to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Programme of events

Tues 29 July, 12:45-1:45pm.   Wartime Stories, Victoria Cranna, Claire Frankland, LSHTM Archives

This talk will answer questions including – What happened when the School was bombed during the blitz? What were Sir Ronald Ross’ thoughts on being torpedoed in 1917?

Weds 6 Aug, 12:45-1:45pm – Pharmacy and the Great War, Stuart Anderson, Centre for History in Public Health, LSHTM

This talk explores the role of pharmacists during the First World War and the contribution to the war effort of the British pharmaceutical industry. A version of this talk is available free on-line


Thurs 7 Aug, 5:45 – 6:45pm – Man’s Inhumanity to Man: Famine and Starvation in Warfare, Andrew Prentice, LSHTM

Tues 9 Sept, 12:45-1:45pm – The First World War and drug and alcohol control, Virginia Berridge, Centre for History in Public Health, LSHTM

It is often forgotten that the First World War was a key formative period for both drug and alcohol control. The international drug control system which still operates today came about because of the war. This talk will examine those initiatives from the standpoint of their present day legacies.

Tues 9 Sept, 6:00-7:00pm – Colonial Nursing and Conflicts in Hot Climates, Rosemary Wall, University to Hull

This talk will explore the connections between British colonial nursing and conflicts in hot climates from Africa and the Middle East to the Pacific Rim.

Mon 15 Sept, 5:30–6:30pm – ‘What did ‘The Great War’ do for Public Health?, Rosalind Stanwell-Smith, Hon. Senior Lecturer, Centre for History in Public Health

Packed with images and highlights from the military and civilian front, this lecture aims to show how contemporary public health has echoes both of the gained knowledge of this eventful period, as well as its lost innocence.

Thurs 18 Sept, 6:00-7:00pm – Lives, Laboratories and the Great War, Anne Hardy, Centre for History in Public Health, LSHTM

This talk will look at the impact of the First World war on the lives and research careers of some members of the Lister Institute and the Pathological Society of Great Britain.

Fri 19 Sept, 12:45-1:45pm – The Civilian Disabled: War and its role in the disability rights movement, Gareth Millward, Centre for History in Public Health, LSHTM

This talk begins to explain how, from the late nineteenth century, war and disability policy have been inextricably linked; and how this had knock-on effects for those who were not directly physically or mentally scarred by conflict.

Click on this link to listen to the talk.

Weds 24 Sept, 5:30–6:30pm – Before and after Auschwitz, Eva Schloss

Eva Schloss, holocaust survivor, will talk about her experiences before and during the war including her encounter with Mengele the camp “doctor”.

For all events please see the website