That 'Never-to-be' Forgotten Scourge: The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19
University of Chester Riverside Museum
Professor Claire Chatterton, Staff Tutor, Open University in the North West and Chair of the Royal College of Nursing's History of Nursing Society. Between March 1918 and May 1919, approximately 228,000 Britons lost their lives to what is often termed ‘the Spanish Flu’. Worldwide, it had been estimated that the pandemic killed at least 50 million people; more in one year than the Black Death killed in a century. In this talk, the origins and progression of the pandemic will be considered. As Mark Honigsbaum notes (2009, xii), “Cruelly for a country that had sent the finest and fittest of its representatives to war, the majority… (of those who died)… were young adults in the prime of life.” Drawing on archival sources, the impact of the pandemic on health care staff will be considered and the desperate attempts that were made to contain it, sometimes with fatal consequences for both patients and staff, will be discussed.
Host: Faculty of Health and Social Historical Society
The University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care (FHSC) Historical Society aims to unite individuals with an interest in medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work across the University and the wider community. The Society meets regularly for a range of talks and discussion and anyone with an interest in health and social care or social history is welcome to attend.
Admission free but booking necessary.
Please contact Roger Whiteley (email@example.com, 01244 511619) to confirm your place.
There is no car parking available at the Riverside Campus (formerly County Hall) and access to the lecture rooms is through the main entrance, opposite the River Dee. The address is: University of Chester, Riverside Campus, Castle Drive, Chester CH1 1SL.
The Faculty of Health and Social Care Riverside Museum will also be open between 1pm and 4pm.