Discover which diseases and illnesses afflicted those living in Victorian Belfast.

Epidemic Belfast: A Forgotten History of Disease, 'Madness' and Urban Life

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Discover which diseases and illnesses afflicted those living in Victorian Belfast.

In 2021, a group of Ulster University medical historians decided to find out how Belfast's residents experienced infection, illness and sickness in the past. They unearthed a forgotten history of sickly mill workers, tea addicted homemakers, Victorian anti-vaxxers, shell-shocked soldiers, lobotomised asylum patients and traumatised Troubles victims, alongside happier stories of health improvement and key workers working courageously through conflict and pandemic.

At this in-person event, the researchers will count down their ten most intriguing, surprising, and sometimes gruesome findings before showcasing Belfast's new medical history walking tour after the talks.

After the talks, Ulster University medical historians will host an optional 60 minute walking tour which includes some inclines and uneven terrain.

The weather may be cold and wet so wrap up warm and wear comfortable walking shoes. The walking tour will seek to practice social distancing to help reduced COVID infection.

This event is led by Dr Ian Miller, Eugenie Scott, Rebecca Watterson from Ulster University and Tom Thorpe, Independent.

This is part of the 2021 ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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Event info

05:30PM to 07:00PM

Sunflower Public House, Belfast

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