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One Year On

On 1 September 2017, it was Forged by Fire’s first birthday. The whole team were in Bucharest, Romania, for the European Association for the History of Health, Medicine and Hospital’s biennial conference. (You can read more about it here http://eahmhconference2017.ro/, and catch up on what happened there by searching Twitter for #EAHMH17.) On our first … Continue reading One Year On

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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