History of Medicine and ‘Five Roads’ – Exhibitions at Hedon Museum

“Have you ever wondered what they did in the dark ages when you suffered with migraines?” asks Hedon Museum’s Katy Miller. “The answer might make you very happy you live in 2018! In ancient times, holes might be drilled into a person’s skull if they were behaving in what was considered to be an abnormal way in order to let out what people believed were evil spirits. The practice, called trepanning, was used as a primitive cure for epileptic seizures, migraines, and mental disorders. Trepanning was commonly practised throughout the ancient world,” continued Katy “it was used into the middle ages and right through to the 18th century. It’s even occasionally done today but thankfully is no longer common practice, and certainly not recommended as a ‘cure all’ by the NHS.”

Hedon Museum has put together an interesting exhibition on the history of medicine, covering ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece, the enlightenment and all the way through to modern times. The NHS was created on 5 th July 1948 and has now been with us for 70 years. This great British institution, and the diligent professionals working within it, have saved millions of lives and allowed us to seek medical help without worrying about the price tag. Britain has shown its gratitude with TV documentaries, tea parties, light shows and special exhibitions, and now Hedon Museum has joined the celebrations.

Exhibiting alongside the NHS Exhibition is the Hull & District Research Society, who have spent years putting together a historical plan of the five major roads into Hull – Hessle Road, Anlaby Road, Beverley Road, Holderness Road and Hedon Road. The display includes both old and modern photos, including images of bombed out buildings and shops which no longer exist, with accompanying information.

Both exhibitions run until Saturday, September 1st, opening times are every Wednesday and Saturday 10am – 4pm. Free admission. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available. Souvenirs and books for sale.

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