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Chance to discover how army medicine has developed

Photo: A workshop on medicine and the army will be held at the National Army Museum. Photo: Crown Copyright


Ever wondered what it is like to be an army medic or want to know how army medicine has developed from the Civil War to the present day?

A workshop on medicine and the army will be held at the National Army Museum. Photo: Crown Copyright

Now’s your chance thanks to a workshop taking place at the National Army Museum later this month.

Spotlight Saturday: Medicine and the Army will be held on July 27 from 11am to 5pm at the facility in London. 

On arrival, participants will collect a casualty card to find out their illness or injury then discover how they would have been treated in different eras. These include:

English Civil War: Get up close with real-life leeches and discover how they were used to treat soldiers on the bloody battlefields of the English Civil War;

Crimean War: Get hands on with objects from the Crimean War and find out more about the work of Florence Nightingale;

World Wars: Speak to a World War One military doctor and find out how he dealt with casualties on the Western Front. Meet a World War Two nurse and hear her experiences of D-Day and beyond; and

Present day: Climb aboard a battlefield ambulance and speak to serving soldiers from 256 City of London Field Hospital about their work and equipment. You can even meet a military working dog and their handler. Then, speak to soldiers from 221 Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search Field Squadron. They will demonstrate their important roles in bomb disposal, including first-response treatment of casualties.

Renowned military historian Gareth Glover will also be on hand to talk about Napoleonic surgery, illustrating his talk with hospital sketches and reports on the wounded of Waterloo.

A family workshop will demonstrate how the army has been a source of medical innovations while participants can invent their own life-saving device in the family-friendly workshop.

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