Inspired by the pioneering work of medical detective John Snow, who traced the source of a deadly cholera outbreak in 1850s London to a water pump in Soho, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is opening its doors to the public with an exhibition celebrating his work and legacy.
Historical treasures and newly commissioned artworks inspired by science were displayed in and around the School. Presented in the style of a disease mapping ‘detective’ trail, exhibition highlights will include a pop-up water-based cocktail bar, weekly street performances, and disease maps from the School’s archives showing how scientists have tracked disease outbreaks around the world from the early 1900s to the present day. The exhibition will also feature the work of world-renowned culinary artists Bompas and Parr, whose work ‘Scent of London’ reveals the city’s invisible architecture and cartography of smell.
John Snow (1813–1858) is considered the founder of modern epidemiology – the study of the patterns and causes of health and disease in populations. His work laid the foundations for better sanitation in the capital and still influences public health research and policy today.
The exhibition, which runs from 13 March 2013 to 17 April 2013, is curated by Artakt, Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design. The exhibition is supported by a Wellcome Trust People Award and the Arts Council England.
Historical items on display from the archives of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Wellcome Library, Museum of London and the London Metropolitan Archives included rare maps and printed ephemera relating to cholera outbreaks at the time.
Alumni are invited to a special private viewing of the John Snow exhibition on Wednesday 27 March from 5.30pm to 6.45pm. For further information, or to book you place please visit http://alumnionline.lshtm.ac.uk/events-homepage.
Information about other School events to celebrate the John Snow bicentenary is available at http://johnsnowbicentenary.lshtm.ac.uk/.