Forged by Fire: How have burns shaped British identity in the past?

Museum of the Order of St John

15th January 2020 | 12:30PM



Professor Jonathan Reinarz (University of Birmingham) talks through the AHRC-funded project, Forged by Fire, and its exhibition.

‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000′ is funded by the AHRC and run by the University of Birmingham and Leeds Beckett University.



Lessons from a Forgotten Disaster: The Queen Victoria Street Fire, 9 June 1902: A talk from Professor Jonathan Reinarz (University of Birmingham)

Museum of the Order of St John

15th January 2020 | 6:30PM



On June 9, 1902, fire claimed nine lives on Queen Victoria Street in the City of London. Escape ladders were too short to rescue people from the top floors of the General Electric Company’s London offices, including several young women, prompting pubic outrage. This talk reconstructs the events of that day using the voluminous coroner’s investigation into the fire and explains how this little-known fire links to the current exhibition, as well as the practice of historical research more generally.

This event takes place in the Chapter Hall which is on the second floor. For information about access please see our access page and/ or call us on 020 7324 4005.

‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000′ is funded by the AHRC and run by the University of Birmingham and Leeds Beckett University.



Don’t panic: The history of fire safety in places of public entertainment in the 20th century

Museum of the Order of St John

22nd January 2020 | 12:30PM



Dr Shane Ewen (Leeds Beckett University) talks about the AHRC-funded ‘Forged by Fire’ project and exhibition, focusing on public fire safety at firework events and in nightclubs and stadiums in the twentieth century.

‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000′ is funded by the AHRC and run by the University of Birmingham and Leeds Beckett University.



Burns First Aid and the Search for Simplicity in Britain, c.1800-2000

Museum of the Order of St John

22nd January 2020 | 6:30PM



A talk by Dr Rebecca Wynter (University of Birmingham) and Professor Jonathan Reinarz (University of Birmingham) on burns first aid.

This talk will explore the almost two centuries of confusion surrounding first aid for burns and scalds. Using real-life events drawn from coroner’s inquests and wartime Britain, we will consider how these injuries occurred and some of the methods employed to help. In doing so, we outline how first aid developed from seemingly weird and wonderful treatments – including spider’s web, lead paint, and mutton dripping – to the official advice given today.

This event takes place in the Chapter Hall which is on the second floor. For information about access please see our access page and/ or call us on 020 7324 4005.

‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000′ is funded by the AHRC and run by the University of Birmingham and Leeds Beckett University.



Creative Writing for Medical Ethics – An afternoon on Friday 24 January 2020

Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

24th January 2020 | 10:00AM


Spend an afternoon day enhancing your writing skills on a theme of Medical Ethics at our historic Hall!

 Exploring Medical Ethics creatively, through life-writing, fiction, drama and poetry can produce compelling writing and shed light on vexed questions in every-day healthcare.

Led by tutors with many years’ experience in teaching creative writing and medical ethics, this one-day course will include structured writing activities, drawing on your own experiences or known cases, followed by detailed feedback on your pieces and guided discussions on the ethical issues they raise. We will identify a range of writing techniques (including structure, dialogue, using status relationships and creating suspense) and deepen our understanding of medical ethics.

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Blunders, Blazes and Heroes: The 1903 Colney Hatch Asylum Fire

Museum of the Order of St John

27th January 2020 | 12:30PM



On the anniversary of the disaster in which 51 women died, Dr Rebecca Wynter (University of Birmingham) explores what happened on the morning of 27 January 1903.

‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000′ is funded by the AHRC and run by the University of Birmingham and Leeds Beckett University.



Holocaust Memorial Day Event

Langdon Down Museum

27th January 2020 | 2:00PM



Monday 27 January 2020 | Museum open 2pm – 5pm

Remembering Aktion T4

2.30pm Talk: Finding Ivy: From Belonging and alienation and back again

Speakers: Helen Atherton and Florian Schwanninger

The story of one victim of the Aktion T4 programme. Ivy was born in the UK and in 1930 went to live in an institution in Vienna. In the summer of 1940 she was killed at Hartheim castle near Linz. Different historical material has been used to tell Ivy’s story including photographs, church records, census reports and newspapers.

Helen Atherton qualified as a learning disability nurse in 1997. She obtained a PhD from the University of Hull in 2004 based on her thesis “Eugenic attitudes amongst professionals in learning disability services”. She is currently a lecturer in nursing at the University of Leeds. Her main research interest is the history of people with learning disabilities, with a particular focus on the impact of eugenic thinking.

Florian Schwanninger studied history and political science at the University of Salzburg and was awarded a Masters degree in 2004 based on his thesis “Resistance and Persecution in the district of Braunau/Inn 1938-1945”. In 2005 he became a scientific officer at the Scholss Hartheim Learning and Memorial Centre and from 2014 its director. His main research interests are Nazi euthanasia, commemorative culture in Austria and the regional history of Upper Austria.

3.30pm Aktion T4: A documentary film

The Aktion T4 Nazi Euthanasia programme was responsible for the murder of approximately 275,000 people with learning disabilities.

In this 30 minute documentary film, Berge Kanikanian who has Down’s syndrome, travels to Poland and Germany to visit the sites of euthanasia centres and speaks to researchers and historians.

Please note this talk and film is not suitable for anyone under 16 years of age. This event is free. Booking not required.



Why we need more Placebos in Clinical Practice and fewer in Clinical Trials

Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

28th January 2020 | 6:00PM


The John Locke lecture will be delivered by Dr Jeremy Howick who has conducted ground-breaking philosophical and empirical studies in this area.

The lecture and buffet is open to the public and members

 

 



The New Cross Massacre, Truth and Justice in Thatcher’s Britain

Museum of the Order of St John

29th January 2020 | 12:30PM



In January 1981, thirteen young black men, woman and children were killed in a house fire in New Cross, London. With the cause still (officially) unknown, Dr Aaron Andrews (Leeds Beckett University) considers the decades-long campaign for truth and justice.

‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000′ is funded by the AHRC and run by the University of Birmingham and Leeds Beckett University.



The value of care: Women’s work and emotional labour

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

29th January 2020 | 5:00PM



Nursing “is essentially women’s work” wrote a journalist in the Yorkshire Observer in 1919, just before the introduction of registration, “It is truly a labour of love, for their hours are long and their work demands the best that is in them, while the remuneration is comparatively low.” This link between low pay, vocation and women’s work has dogged nursing for over a century. Join a panel of historians, nurses and social scientists to explore why nursing remains undervalued in terms of status and pay, and how we might change this for future generations of health workers.



Before Grenfell Tower: Fatal Fires and Community Resilience

Museum of the Order of St John

29th January 2020 | 6:30PM



This talk will explore the history behind the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, paying particular attention to issues of building safety and the culture of risk. It will discuss historic examples of fatal fires and building disasters – including Ronan Point (1968), New Cross (1981) and Bradford City Football Club (1985) – to illustrate the multiple political, social and cultural responses to tragedy.

This event takes place in the Chapter Hall which is on the second floor. For information about access please see our access page and/ or call us on 020 7324 4005.

‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000′ is funded by the AHRC and run by the University of Birmingham and Leeds Beckett University.