For September 26, 2008

NEW EXHIBITION:

PAST CARING -
A HISTORY OF HEALTHCARE IN STEYNING
TO CELEBRATE THE TOWN'S NEW HEALTH CENTRE

A new exhibition at Steyning Museum brings to life the amazing and sometimes gruesome 1,000 year history of healthcare in the town to celebrate the opening this month of the new state-of the-art health centre.

A wall-mounted timeline orientates the visitor, locating down the centuries the developments and horrors of the healer’s art from ancient plague pits to modern, in-house day surgery.

Some of the earliest medical treatment was offered by the medieval Maudlyn Leper Hospital and the isolation of infectious cases in the town pest-house. It‘s hard to imagine a greater contrast to the services offered by our GPs, nurses and healthcare professionals in the modern Steyning Health Centre.

In the days since doctors relied on ancient traditional cures for the pox and the plague, the exhibition exposes many weird and wonderful methods and medicines for some equally weird and quite horrible diseases. A quiz board invites visitors to guess what on earth some of the stomach-churning recipes could be meant to cure, before revealing the complaints and diseases on flip-cards.

There is a host of objects on display which illustrate the history of all aspects of medicine, including dentistry (ouch!), opticians (glass eyes), anaesthesia (and how it was administered - be very afraid!), surgery (not for the nervous patient), and drugs and medicines (sow’s dung is very good for…?!).

A key anatomical exhibit is the complete skeleton of thousand year old Steyning man - not a victim of early surgery or blood-curdling cure, he was done to death as a criminal.

The exhibition, open until 18th November, is guaranteed to fascinate old and young alike and make everyone very thankful we live in the days of modern medicine.

Steyning Museum is open 5 days each week - 10.30 to 12.30 and 2.30 to 4.30 (4.00 October to April) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday plus Sunday afternoons and Bank Holiday Mondays.

David Haseldine,
Publicity Officer,
The Museum,
Church Street,
Steyning,
West Sussex
BN44 3YB

Telephone: 01903 813333
Email: contact@steyningmuseum.org.uk

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