Exhibition of medical history

Lincolnshire Archives
Lincolnshire Archives

Brocklesby Park is among the places included in an exhibition at the Lincolnshire Archives this Saturday, September 28.

Lincolnshire’s answer to Downton Abbey, the house was used as a military hospital during the First World War.

Experts have ploughed through six-miles of records to bring together a unique collection that gives an insight into the county’s health, illnesses and treatments down the centuries.

More than 600 years’ worth of documents is on display, including letters, photographs and illustrations, with the oldest dating to 1349.

Visitors will be able to see records relating to historical figures including Florence Nightingale, King Charles II and Lord Burghley, whose grumbles about gout can be read in one of his rare surviving letters.

Other exhibits include documents relating to the anti-vaccination movement, stomach-churning recipes for home remedies, maternity care through the ages, the development of mental health treatment and Woodhall Spa’s heyday as a health resort.

“Nowadays, we tend take medicine for granted and forget just how lucky we are,” said James Stevenson, collections access officer.

“This exhibition will open people’s eyes by showing how medicine, treatments and health have changed through the ages.

“Modern stomachs might be turned by some of the traditional home remedies like ‘calves foot jelly’ and ‘snail water’ - but don’t forget, your ancestors probably cooked-up a batch.”

Under the doctor: The medical history of Lincolnshire takes places at Lincolnshire Archives in St Rumbold Street, Lincoln from 10.30am until 3pm.

Entry is free.