Medieval Medicine

MEET THE MEDIEVAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS AND DISCOVER YOUR CHANCES OF SURVIVAL AT THE BEACON MUSEUM.

Five of the most prominent medical practitioners are arriving at The Beacon Museum – and they’re staying for the Summer. From Saturday 19th June, visitors will be able to discover the often gruesome cures used in Medieval England by medical practitioners including a barber surgeon, an apothecary, a cunning woman, a religious figure and a physician. The arrival of these healers marks the launch of the The Beacon Museums ‘Medieval Medicine’ exhibition, a touring exhibition from The JORVIK Group of Attractions, operators of the award-winning JORVIK Viking Centre. With a physician’s uroscopy wheel, an apothecary’s table and the barber surgeon’s tool chest, there’s plenty of hands-on ways to discover the methods practiced in medieval times. Learn more about disease, illness and treatment through three medieval skeletons on display, including one who shows signs of leprosy. She is accompanied by a facial reconstruction, helping visitors understand about how this individual may have looked as the disease developed.

The exhibition also brings an exclusive short film, written by Terry Deary – author of the Horrible Histories series – entitled A Touch of Plague as part of the family-friendly content on offer.

Our group of medical practitioners which are represented within the exhibition: Apothecary, religious figure, barber surgeon, cunning woman, physician. The exhibition brings the treatment methods of the medieval era to life.

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