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The Link Between Coal Mining and Lung Disease

Date(s): 20 April 2017

Time: Talk starts at 7pm, doors open 6.30pm.

Cost: £2

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By the 1830’s, the British coalmining industry comprised of over 200,000 miners, who were working to provide a cheap and plentiful supply of fuel for the Industrial Revolution. What is now considered an obvious connection, the inhalation of dust in the lungs, was not as obvious then. Professor Ken Donaldson, Senior Museum Research Fellow at Surgeons’ Hall Museums, made an exciting discover surrounding a long forgotten medical specimen held in the Museum’s collection. This talk tells the story of Professor Donaldson’s discovery and highlights it’s powerful history. 

Part of our #TwoPoundTalk series. 

Talk starts at 7pm, doors open 6.30pm.

Museum Access until 9pm. 


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