Medieval Medicine

New for 2019

This exhibition is on display at Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth from 30th March to 22nd September 2019.

“As to diseases, make a habit of two things – to help, or at least to do no harm.” The teachings of Hippocrates had a great impact on medieval medical thinking; yet survival was heavily dependent on who was able to treat you and the methods they used. Were your chances better with the apothecary or the cunning woman? Do you put your faith in a religious figure or a barber surgeon? Can you afford a physician?

Medieval Medicine Exhibition for Hire

At Medieval Medicine, our new exhibition, explore the methods of five medical practitioners from this era. Get up close to human skeletal material from the period including three full skeletons and discover the diverse approaches to treatment as archaeological science allows us to uncover more about these individuals. Understand more about their diseases through interpretation including a facial reconstruction of an unfortunate sufferer of leprosy, made possible thanks to modern technology.

Discover medical methods through the barber surgeon’s chest of tools, the physician’s uroscopy wheel and the apothecary’s table full of his ingredients and historic treatments. See how our practitioners fare treating a Black Death patient in the short film A Touch of Plague, written by Terry Deary – author of the Horrible Histories series – exclusively for the exhibition.

“I have worked with many museums and visitor attractions, large and small, around the world in the past 20 years, mainly to bring my book brand, ‘Horrible Histories’, to new audiences. The JORVIK Group is the easiest to work with and the most professional. They are most open to unconventional thinking and prepared to be innovative. The staff are efficient, dynamic and dedicated. All our joint projects have been a joy to work on for myself and a pleasurable success in terms of visitor response and attendance.”

Terry Deary
Author of Horrible Histories