montage of images of common cold unit incl. buildings and trial volunteers

Downton talk: Salisbury Healthcare History & the Common Cold Hospital

Date: 03/10/2022
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Downton Memorial Hall, The Borough, Downton, Wiltshire, SP5 3NB

As part of the Silver Salisbury festival of events we present an inside look at our historical collections with a focus on one of the largest clinical studies here in Salisbury. 10,000+ volunteers took part in the study of the common cold at the Harvard Hospital (Common Cold Unit) from 1940s – 1990s.

During a 40 minute presentation, by Lesley Self of ArtCare, you will get to know about items in our archives including photographs, documents, books, objects and stories relating to the Common Cold Hospital. The artefacts and archives provide a fascinating insight, not only into public health but the social history of our city.

Downton talk – Doors open 2pm , talk 2.30-3.30pm

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