Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Tropical Medicine Time Machine lands at Museum of Liverpool during half-term

This half-term, take your children on a journey through Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s fascinating 125-year history, as its Tropical Medicine Time Machine lands at the Museum of Liverpool.

On Saturday 4th November, visitors to the Museum of Liverpool will be transported across LSTM’s past, present, and future to learn about its vital work in the areas of vector biology, snakebite venom research, public health, and travel health.

The Tropical Medicine Time Machine, created by Sci-Art practitioners Tom Hyatt and Natasha Niethamer, is part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported project ‘LSTM-Past, Present, and Future’ to celebrate LSTM’s 125th anniversary. The activity is just one of many events and public engagement activities that takes LSTM’s work and scientists out to audiences across the city and further afield.

After landing back in the present day, Museum of Liverpool visitors can find out more about the fascinating story of Professor Tim and Dr Joy Gordon, who got engaged on LSTM’s roof and spent a lifetime studying and illustrating tropical diseases together.

Their story, as well as their work and illustrations, will be shown in a display case within the atrium of the museum, from now until November 6th, bringing to life how LSTM’s early scientists have impacted on its science and work today.

Elsewhere within the Museum of Liverpool is a permanent display on the history of Pembroke Place – both LSTM’s home and an important part of Liverpool’s rich and diverse history.

For example, it tells the story of Galkoff’s, a well-known kosher butcher’s shop, and reconstructs its iconic façade with original gold lettering and Hebrew signage. Galkoff’s original 1930s emerald green tiles are displayed in the People’s Gallery at the museum – following another Lottery-funded project to preserve the story of the shop and the people who worked and lived at Pembroke Place.

Elli Wright, Public Engagement Manager at LSTM, said:

“I am thrilled to bring the Tropical Medicine Time Machine to the Museum of Liverpool for the first time. The visitors will be transported across LSTM’s history whilst learning about its work in areas of public health, disease vectors and more.

“I am also delighted we have been able to bring the narrative of Tim and Joy Gordon to the Museum of Liverpool as part of the LSTM-Past, Present, and Future project. Joy’s beautiful and detailed illustrations, tell the story of LSTM’s research at that time in a manner that is relatable and charming.”

To find out more about LSTM’s history and heritage, and how we are celebrating our 125th anniversary this year, please visit: https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/125.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is Liverpool Chamber’s Charity of The Year for 23/24. To find out how you can get involved, contact Stacey Lavery at Stacey.Lavery@lstmed.ac.uk.

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