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A one-day symposium exploring the Wounded: Conflict, Casualties & Care exhibition from its conception to creation.

Having begun back in August 2014, the First World War centenary commemorations will draw to a close in 2018. To mark this final phase, the Science Museum is hosting a one-day symposium based on our Wounded: Conflict, Casualties & Care exhibition.

Wounded examines the treatment offered to those wounded on the Western Front, their journey back to Britain, and the care they received upon arrival. The exhibition allowed us to conserve and showcase objects which up until now have largely remained out of public view.

Featuring a range of speakers from within the museum as well as external guests, the symposium will examine the conception and creation of the exhibition as well as the themes that it explores.

Register for this free event now.


The keynote speaker is Dr Emily Mayhew, with a talk entitled ‘How the Stretcher Bearers of the First World War Changed Medicine For Ever (So Far)'

Others speakers include:

Vanessa Applebaum (Science Museum) – 'Caring for Wounded objects: Preserving sensitive materials from the First World War'

Louise Bell (The National Archives) – 'Made to Measure: Prosthetics in The National Archives' First World War Records'

Vikki Hawkins (Imperial War Museum) – 'Creative Responses to the Fear of Gas in the First World War'

Natasha McEnroe (Science Museum) – 'Hospitals Under Canvas: Nursing in the Field in the First World War'

The full list of speakers will be announced soon.

Scheduled dates