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When & Where

Suitable For

  • Adults / 19+

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Elaine Wein
  • Course Code UHW057C

What you will learn

From the Bubonic Plague of the 17th century to Covid 19 of the 21th century the evolution of disease and the measures to treat and cure never stand still. Medical characters, sometimes lurking in the shadows, have offered discreet and at times strange cures, others have campaigned for public health measures. Apothecaries in the past offered potions and herbs for a range of maladies, fashionable Spas promised cures for ailing bodies and souls, meanwhile madness was treated by cruel incarceration. This short course of four walks will introduce the student to the institutions, people, theories and campaigns that have improved the health and medical practices of London.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the history and have a greater knowledge of Medical practices of London through walks.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements, but we recommend that you should have an enthusiasm for the subject.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    The course will be a series of two hour walks, all starting and finishing near public transport.

    What you need

    Please wear suitable clothing for a walk.

    Class format and activities

    Thursday June 3, 2021 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Royalty, Drugs and Demons - A Medical Walk in Westminster Thursday June 10, 2021 -11:00 AM to 1:00 PM From Agatha Christie to Anaesthesia – Medicine in Bloomsbury Thursday June 17, 2021 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Doctors, Disease and Dissection 2000 years of Medicine in the City Thursday June 24, 2021 – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Spas, Missions, Mad House and a Fever Hospital in Islington