• FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Trench medicine: Illnesses, injuries and their treatment (virtual)

A British medical orderly treats a wounded German soldier, c1916

Explore artefacts and sources on the causes and treatment of injuries and illnesses on the Western Front during the First World War, and assess the impact of these innovations.

How were injuries and illnesses treated in the First World War?

Learners will investigate the changing nature of injuries and illnesses typical in the trenches, from their causes and the mechanisation of warfare, to the different roles of the people helping and the innovations in medicine. Using our extensive handling collection of artefacts, learners can understand the impact of warfare on the Western Front on soldiers' welfare.

The session provides:

  • Handling object demonstration video (pre-filmed by Museum facilitator)
  • Virtual classroom (live link with Museum facilitator)
  • Digital resource pack

The session includes:

  • Archival materials
  • Historic images

Curriculum areas:

  • History

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