In Flew Enza: Letters from the 1918 Flu Pandemic

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Date / time: 31 May, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

In Flew Enza: Letters from the 1918 Flu Pandemic

What was it like to live through the most deadly epidemic in recent memory? 2018 is the centenary of the “Spanish” flu, which infected 500 million people around the world and killed more people than died in the First World War. Join us for an evening of letters written by ordinary people who survived the epidemic, often caring for family members, some of whom died in this devastating outbreak.

The event will be curated and introduced by historian Hannah Mawdsley, who is researching the social and cultural impact of the flu epidemic, and include readings by actors of recollections of nursing care from the archive written by people in Derby, Nottingham and beyond.

Doors open at 5pm and the event starts at 5.30.

Please reserve your free place online:


The venue is fully wheelchair accessible. The maximum number of wheelchair users on the upper floor is two, due to fire safety regulations. Please let us know when booking if you are a wheelchair user so we can make sure it’s possible to accommodate you.There is a hearing loop in the lecture room. We can offer large print copies of presentations if requested at least a week before the event. Assistance dogs are welcome.