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Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm

A brightly coloured and detailed cartoon, with a large central design surrounded by four small designs. In the centre is a funeral procession showing a coffin on which stands a golden calf. The main title of the piece is written at the bottom - 'THE COWPOX TRADEGY - Seene the Last'. There is other text and annotations throughout the print.

'The Cowpox Tragedy' by George Cruikshank, 1812

Vaccination: medicine and the masses

19th April–17th September 2016

From our early days to our advancing years vaccination is a routine part of healthcare in Britain. Nationwide vaccination programmes for everything from whooping cough to the HPV virus help prevent us from getting sick and vaccination is being used to fight an increasing number of diseases. However there has also been a long history of resistance to state sponsored programmes of vaccination.

This exhibition charts the ever-changing relationship between the medical profession and the public through this controversial topic, highlighting the contributions of laypeople to the development of vaccination as well as the ways in which the public have resisted its use.

This exhibition and its supporting events were part of the Constructing Scientific Communities project and have been generously supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.