Historic Hospitals of Edinburgh

As a youngster back in the 90s, I had to visit the hospital as an out-patient (after an operation) on several occasions. Back then it was the Edinburgh City Hospital, based in Colinton, which closed in the middle of my visits, where I then got transferred for check-ups at St John’s in Livingston. As a... Continue Reading →

Medicine & Disease – a peek at the Poster

Image: A photo of a 1918 poster issued by Alberta's Provincial Board of Health alerting the public to the 1918 influenza epidemic.Image credit: Alberta Board of Health, Wikimedia Commons When learning about Inchkeith Island and St Kilda, I was reintroduced to a previous fascination of mine – looking at old disease and medical posters.  I... Continue Reading →

The World Ends on St Kilda

During university, I did a module on Children’s literature. One of the books we studied was that of Geraldine McCaughrean’s Where the World Ends. Image: Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughreanPhoto credit: Lucy Glenny McCaughrean’s story follows a group of men and boys from Hirta, on the isolated Scottish archipelago of St Kilda in... Continue Reading →

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