Beyond Medicine

The social history of women and pandemics

When Britain went into lockdown in March 2020, it was not only dealing with a health crisis, but a social one too. Stories of doctors and nurses battling on the frontline are numerous, but what happened in local communities is less well documented. Beyond Medicine shares the stories of those who worked hard behind the scenes to keep society moving, the majority of whom were women. The project contrasts these experiences with the 1918 pandemic. It explains the difficulties in researching these stories, highlighting the importance of documenting people’s memories before it’s too late.

Beyond Medicine is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to train and support young people in heritage skills and explore this fascinating history.

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