CHOLERA AND CONFLICT: 19TH century cholera in Britain and social unrest

Thackray Museum, Leeds, :

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Saturday 21st February 2009, 11am – 3pm

A unique event combining a book launch, conference and keynote external lecture 
by Professor Bill Bynum (University College London)


In late 1831 the first great epidemic of Asian cholera struck Britain.  As well as disease and death, there was widespread social unrest and rioting in 1832.  This conference is the culmination of a 3 year research project into the nature and extent of these riots, often directed against the medical profession.  The project has been funded by the Thackray Medical Research Trust, and has been led from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.  The resulting book (edited by Michael Holland, Geoffrey Gill and Sean Burrell) has been published by the Thackray Museum and will be launched at this meeting. The conference is a highlight in the unique collaboration between these institutions.

We also are pleased to welcome Professor W F (Bill) Bynum who will give a keynote external lecture on the English 19th century Public Health Movement.  Professor Bynum is Emeritus Professor of the History of Medicine at University College London, and former Head of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine.  Other speakers will be authors of chapters in the Cholera and Conflict book. The conference will be chaired by Professor Geoff Gill from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and the programme is as follows:

10.30 – 11.00           Registration and coffee

11.00 – 11.10           Welcome and introduction  (Geoff Gill)

11.10 – 11.50           Professor W F Bynum The Importance of Being Earnest – Benjamin Ward
Richard and the 19th century English Public Health Movement

11.50 – 12.25           Cholera in Leeds  (John Brooke)

12.25 – 12.30           Book launch

12.30 – 13.30           Lunch (with book sales and signings)

13.30 – 14.00           Cholera, art and literature (Barbara Morden)

14.00 – 14.30           Cholera and rioting  (Michael Holland)

14.30 – 15.00           19th century cholera treatment  (Geoff Gill)

15.0    End of meeting and tea

The conference cost is £15.00 to include all refreshments and a hot buffet lunch.  Wine with lunch will be on sale.  The book Cholera and Conflict, normally selling at £10.00 will be available for a special price of £5.00 on the day, and can be pre-ordered on this form.

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