Beyond Medicine

The social history of women and pandemics

In the 1918 pandemic, doctors had little in the way of medical interventions to help those suffering from the Spanish Flu. As a result, patient care was left to the largely female nursing workforce. They made people as comfortable as they could in their final days, providing emotional support and practical assistance to families. In the 2020 pandemic, once again women took on a leading role in providing non-medical support, through mutual aid groups, food banks and other social assistance and activism.

Beyond Medicine is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to train and support students from Leyton Sixth Form College in heritage skills and explore this fascinating local history.

We will be developing the project and this website throughout the year, so do check back or sign up to our mailing list to find out more about this and our other women’s history projects.