Our upcoming workshop is by Juliana Adelman, Assistant Professor of History at Dublin City University, titled "A History of Germs and Public Health in Dublin" on 19th October in the Royal Irish Academy, reviewing the history of disease and public health in Dublin and its impact on the 19th century population.
How did “dear, dirty Dublin” cope with the diseases that stalked its streets, from cholera to phthisis? What public health obligations did the middle classes feel toward the poor in 19th century Dublin? Sanitation and public health play a critical role in the life expectancy and quality of life of past generations, but one that is often ignored by family historians. Charting the rise of the public health inspectorate, delving into drains, privies, ashpits and other unsavoury sources of disease, this workshop with Juliana Adelman introduces history enthusiasts to this under-explored aspect of Dublin's past, raising questions about public health that are still relevant today.
Juliana Adelman is Assistant Professor of History at Dublin City University. She has published widely on the history of science and medicine during the nineteenth century and is currently completing a book on human-animal relationships in nineteenth-century Dublin.
The Expert workshops are curated by Fiona Fitzsimons, of the Irish Family History Centre (Eneclann). The talk is free but spaces are limited and should be booked on Eventbrite.