Today has seen the launch of ‘Brought to Life: Exploring the History of Medicine’, a new online resource from the Science Museum.
The website showcases more than 2,500 objects, the majority of which were originally collected by or on behalf of Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936). Mostly populated by items now held in the Science Museum’s stores, the website also draws on items from the Wellcome Library.
‘Brought to Life’ places these items in their historical contexts, giving information on practitioners, their techniques, the medical objects they used and the patients they aimed to heal, all wrapped up in a timeline stretching from Ancient Egypt to the present day. There are also ten multimedia games, including a trip to a plague-ridden town in the Middle Ages and an immersive account of battlefield surgery through the ages.
The resource is aimed at schools and university students, but given the richness of the material and the quality of the descriptions, anyone with an interest in the health and history of humans will find something to enjoy here.