‘The doctor will see you now’ Pump Room museum reveals medical measures from the 1920s

How sickness and injuries were treated nearly 100 years ago will be revealed at the Royal Pump Rooms Museum in Harrogate on Friday 13th May.

From 6pm – 8pm, young visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to find out what medicine and treatments were like back in the 1920s.

Aimed at families and pre-teens, when visitors arrive at the museum they will be given a ‘character card’ containing a description of an illness which is ‘theirs’ for the evening.

The visitors will then get an opportunity to find out what would have been available in the way of a cure from a pharmacist, doctor or village healer in the early decades of the last century.  Visitors will also be able to discover what Harrogate’s famous spa waters could have offered in the way of treatments.


IMAGE doctors back circa 1920

For the more ghoulish patients there’s a chance to get a wound painted on at the museum’s face painting station and, for the more faint-hearted, a bandaging station especially for teddy bears. There are also a range of arts and crafts activities to take part in.

Among the exhibits is a doctor’s bag from the period, which was donated to a local Shelter charity shop in 2014.

Everything is on offer at ‘The doctor will see you now’ event for just £2 admission, and visitors can drop in any time between 6pm and 8pm – or stay the whole two hours.

‘The doctor will see you now’ is part of a special initiative called ‘National museums at night’.  For more information go to www.museumsatnight.org.uk

For more information on all the events and exhibitions at the Royal Pump Rooms Museum in Harrogate go to www.harrogate.gov.uk/museums or telephone the museum on (01423) 556188.

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