Last week saw us taking a trip back in time through health history. We stopped off in the 1960s and had a whiff of some carbolic soap. We then had a brief stop in the 1950s to find out about the National Health Service Reserve and the work of the Civil Defence before being catapulted back to the late 1800s to the island of Molokai, part of the Hawaiian islands, to learn about Hansen’s Disease (commonly called leprosy) and the mission of Father Damien.
As always visitors were encouraged to get hands on, and in the case of the carbolic soap – have a nose full, with the objects we had on display ranging from an intricately carved wooden chest given to a missionary nurse as a farewell gift from her time spent working in the Molokai Leper Colony to several early 20th century postcards wishing the recipient good heath.
We run our Hands on History sessions on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Why not join us next time on 21st September and marvel at the (cue dramatic voice) Appliance of Science!