Guest Blog from a Work Experience Student - Tegan

An update from Tegan, who worked with us on work experience a few weeks ago.:

“As a WSFC student who has just finished year 12 and is potentially looking at doing a degree in History, I wanted to complete some work experience at the George Marshall Medical Museum. I was there for three days with another student, and had the opportunity to engage in a range of activities.


These included cataloguing photographs, transcribing notes from patients suffering with melancholia at Powick Hospital and assisting at a book release event about the Spanish Flu. I really enjoyed attempting to transcribe the doctors notes - it was difficult to try and decipher them, but interesting to gain an insight into the quite tragic lives of some of the patients within the notes themselves. Overall, I found my time at the museum incredibly engaging and very beneficial.”


Thanks Tegan!


‘Spanish Flu,’ killed more than 50 million people and affected millions more across the globe during 1918 and 1919. Soldiers, POWs and the workers in war-industries all fell victim to this pandemic which brought fear and death to villages, towns and cities on the home front, even after the guns of the First World War battlefields had fallen silent.

A failure to recognise and deal with the magnitude and threat the virus posed was exasperated by a wartime shortage of trained doctors and nurses and led to an inadequate medical response to the crisis. There were long queues outside pharmacies and doctors’ surgeries. The despairing population turned to charlatans, patent medicines, food supplements even alcohol to prevent or cure any symptoms of the flu.

Listen to brand new #SpanishFlu podcast with History West Midlands, Professor Maggie Andrews, Dr Emma Edwards and Curator Louise Price. This is well worth half an hour of your time. You can also purchase the book here:-