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Burns Awareness and Identity

Professor Jonathan Reinarz On 13 October 2017, I attended the fifth annual Woundcare4Heroes conference in London, where I was invited to speak on identity and burns through history. Although the Forged by Fire team are organising our own events in 2018 and 2019 on ‘Anonymity’ and ‘Heroism’ , this invitation provided a timely opportunity to … Continue reading Burns Awareness and Identity

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The history of safety campaigns and material culture; or, what historical significance does the humble serviette hold?

Shane Ewen, Co-Investigator on the Forged by Fire project, reports on a recent research trip to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in Birmingham. Some of the best finds in the archives are those we don’t expect. On a recent research trip to the headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protection of … Continue reading The history of safety campaigns and material culture; or, what historical significance does the humble serviette hold?

“‘Tis the season to be jolly” – and safe from fires and burns: lessons from history

Christmas is filled to the brim with cultural rituals, which add symbolic meaning and colour to the holiday season. These include putting up the Christmas tree and dressing it in colourful decorations, gorging on rich and fatty foods, and gift-giving. These rites are all steeped in history – the modern Christmas was ‘the festival of the family’, … Continue reading “‘Tis the season to be jolly” – and safe from fires and burns: lessons from history