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The 1918 flu pandemic, as told by Derby survivors

25 May 2018

The stories of people from Derby and beyond who survived the Spanish flu pandemic 100 years ago will be told at a special event at the city’s museum and art gallery next Thursday (31 May).

Flu pandemic

Organised by the Royal College of Nursing’s Library and Archives department, the event ‘In Flew Enza’ will hear recitals of letters written by ordinary people who lived through an epidemic that infected 500 million people worldwide and killed more victims than died in World War One.

The free event will be presented by historian Hannah Mawdsley, who is researching the social and cultural impact of the flu epidemic. Reflections of people’s experiences of nursing care during the outbreak will also be narrated.

Among the letters written by Derby residents is one by Mary Elizabeth Muffit, who wrote: “I entered Derby Training College early in September 1918. 

“By the third week in October, staff, students and domestic workers were being affected and the doctor was a regular visitor to the college. The college was opposite a cemetery so it was no unusual sight to see one funeral cortege waiting for the previous one to move."

Admission to the event, which starts at 5.30pm, is by ticket only. Claim your free ticket now.

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