Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice

Workshops exploring histories and futures of innovation in ‘advanced’ wound care

In a museum classroom, a woman holds up a piece of soap whilst others look on.

Carbolic soap – you can smell it a mile away!

A series of workshops exploring histories and futures of innovation in ‘advanced’ wound care are being held at the Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds. The workshops form part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council Cross-Disciplinary Research Network led by Dr. Mary Madden working with Dr. James Stark, Academic Fellow in Medical Humanities. Object handling, short provocations, longer presentations and graphic recordings are being used to spark discussion between health professionals, historians, service users, people from industry and sociologists on the history and development of wound care in the UK. The network is also working with Jessie Owen as a Designer in Residence. The network organised a well-attended ‘Dressed to impress’ panel discussion at the British Science Festival in Swansea on how new products in wound care are developed and whether these really meet our needs. Fuller reports of the events will appear on the project website http://wounds.leeds.ac.uk/ Catch up with tweets from the events at #woundhistsoc and @WoundInnovation

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