Friday, 9 November 2012

Wartime at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

To mark Remembrance Day on 11th November there is a display in the entrance area and reading room of the library highlighting the role played by the School during the First and Second World Wars.

Staff and students in 1916
The exhibition features photographs, official war records and reports from the School’s Archive collections and includes material relating to the activities of the School and the roles of staff, students and associated individuals during the First and Second World Wars.

During the First World War many members of staff were called up for service and student levels fell dramatically, with only two students present for the January 1918 session.  

In the Second World War the School played a vital role in providing intensive courses in tropical medicine and hygiene for those leaving on overseas service.

The School’s buildings were badly damaged by bombing in the Second World War, the extent of which can be seen in photos as part of the display.

Bomb damage to Keppel Street building in 1941

There is also a chance to read extracts from the memoirs of the malariologist Ronald Ross covering his wartime experiences.

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