Welcome to Medieval Medicine
Visitors are introduced to the five medical practitioners at the start of the exhibition. (Shown here on display at Time & Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth, 2019)
Who would you have wanted to treat you in the medieval period? Were your chances better with the apothecary or the cunning woman? Do you put your faith in a religious figure or a barber surgeon? Can you afford a physician?
For an extra exhibition activity, visitors select a character at the start of the exhibition, all based on real medieval accounts. They then need to find a suitable treatment, before discovering if it would have actually worked.
There are many medical methods to discover in the exhibition, especially on the apothecary’s table.
Spin the physician’s uroscopy wheel to diagnose your illness by the colour of your urine!
Barber Surgeon’s Chest
A barber surgeon would have had a variety of tools at his disposal. Visitors can press the button to hear what some of them were used for.
Skeletal material from the period reveals the physical impact of different illnesses.
The three skeletons on display allow visitors to understand illness, disease and treatment, as well as what we can learn from archaeological science.
A Touch of Plague
Take a seat to watch A Touch of Plague, an exclusive film written by Terry Deary, as well as our medical practitioners explaining more about their methods.