Alice in Typhoidland: The Past and Present of Typhoid
Join Alice Liddell (Alice in Wonderland) on a tour of the past and present of typhoid control. Discover how Victorian doctors and scientists helped make typhoid visible and developed the first typhoid vaccines. Learn about the current challenges of typhoid across the world and what researchers in Oxford are doing to tackle it.
Glide with us on a murky ride as we journey down the sewer hole into Oxford's underside - there is much to see in Typhoidland.
Two-part display and exhibition across two sites: the Weston Library and the History of Science Museum.
21 January - 26 July 2020
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Alice in Typhoidland
Alice in Typhoidland explores the past and present of typhoid. A killer of paupers, princes, and presidents, typhoid was an invisible threat in Victorian England and remains dangerous in many areas today.
Join Alice Liddell (Alice in Wonderland) on a murky tour of Oxford’s underside: learn how doctors and engineers controlled typhoid to stop the disease from spreading in Alice’s city, and see how sanitation, vaccination, and typhoid have evolved since.
Visit the project website for films, games, educational resources and links to the project's research.
'Alice in Typhoidland' is an audacious new exhibition co-hosted by the Bodleian's Weston Library and the History of Science Museum, exploring the history of typhoid in Oxford and its continued threat elsewhere in the world.
Our new display and exhibition has made it onto the New Scientists' Must See Exhibits for 2020! Join us on a murky ride as we glide into Oxford's underside ...
Events in Typhoidland
Alice in Typhoidland - Thursday 12 March, 6pm
A talk about the extraordinary efforts to eliminate typhoid fever from a rapidly-expanding Victorian city. How was the disease understood and mapped? What steps were taken to overcome disputes between 'town and gown'? Who footed the bill? We delve deep into the murky underworld of cesspits and sewers beneath Oxford's dreaming spires.
The Walrus and the Carpenter speaking to the Oysters, as portrayed by illustrator John Tenniel.
Watercolour drawing of two portions of the intestines, illustrating the morbid effects of a case of dysentery with typhoid fever.
Boer War (1899-1902) medical officer tending to soldiers with enteric fever.
First World War Oxford volunteers marching past the Sheldonian. Despite fierce opposition from anti-vaccine activists, widespread vaccine promotion meant that about 80% of British troops in France were vaccinated by December 1914.
Culturing typhoid bacteria on a growth medium for the German army in 1915.
Oxford student Matthew Spreight preparing to swallow live typhoid to test the newly created typhoid conjugate vaccine Typbar-TCV in 2017.