23rd Mar, 14:00 — 16:15
Death trap to digital hub: diseases, treatments and healthcare
Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE
Walk in the footsteps of the grim reaper and those who have tried to outwit him: health challenges and responses over 250 years.
The expanding industries of Leeds gave its population greater economic opportunities … and a greater risk of falling ill or being injured. Most people lived in poor housing and worked long hours in dangerous factories for low wages. Efforts were made to improve care of the sick and to counter some sources of infection and to improve working conditions. But medical science and practice were still limited and progress in management of water supply, sewage and housing was slow.
The tour encompasses the period from the late 18th century to the era of the NHS. You’ll see some of the sites where physicians, surgeons and some other medical practitioners lived, worked and made their mark.
23rd March 2019 marks 200 years since the death of the pioneering Leeds surgeon William Hey. We’ll pass his house and hear of his contribution to caring for the townspeople of his era.
Meet at the front of Quarry House. Best approached from the side where the BBC is located. The walk will take us across the city centre and will finish at the 1860s buildings of LGI.
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