Improving Health in Wartime Exhibition


Sir Ronald Ross and colleagues in Alexandria in 1915

August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. To commemorate this event, the Library & Archives Service has created an exhibition to show how tropical medicine and public health professionals have worked to improve health in areas of conflict since the First World War.

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Pamphlet from the Nutrition Collection, 1940s


Selected from the School’s archives and from current staff’s work, you will find out what happened when the School was bombed during the blitz, how Sir Ronald Ross survived a torpedo attack in 1917, how being a nutritionist helped staff member Dr Dean Smith survive a Japanese Internment Camp in the Second World War, why we have the war medals of Thomas Spence Dunn and how School staff have worked with people affected by the recent conflicts in the Balkans and Sudan.

The exhibition officially opens on 28th July and will be on display in the foyer of Keppel Street for three months.

There are a series of events which complement the exhibition, the first of which is on Tuesday 29th July at 12.45 entitled Wartime Stories. The Archives team will be discussing the research they undertook for the exhibition and some of the interesting stories they discovered. Further information on these can be found on the events webpage at:

A podcast has been recorded and is available on our website at:

The Archives team will also be writing regular blog posts highlighting the content of the exhibition and archive material relating to the First and Second World Wars.

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Members of the School, 1916

Please tweet if you have any comments on the exhibition, events or war themed blog posts with #WartimeHealth

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