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

Museum of the Order of St John

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.

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