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Brave Visitors Invited to Spooky Goings-on at The Infirmary

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The gory past of the University of Worcester’s City Campus is being revealed in two Halloween events.

Families are invited to The Infirmary, the brand new exhibition at the University’s City Campus, on October 31st from 2-6pm for an afternoon of horrible hospitals.

Craft activities suitable for younger visitors and families will be taking place throughout the afternoon with a chance to make sinister, severed fingers or eerie eye balls.

Tours of the hospital’s nooks and crannies will feature spooky stories of Infirmary ghosts and horrible hospital histories.

Visitors will be treated to a display of 18th Century surgery at 2.30pm and a Great Medical Debate (populated by characters from the former Infirmary) at 4.30pm by Discover History, in full costume.

For those wanting to delve more deeply into darker subjects, University lecturer, and author of The Devil: A Very Short Introduction, Darren Oldridge is giving an illustrated talk at 7pm on the same day.

The talk, entitled ‘The Devil in Body and Mind’ and suitable for over-18s, will explore some of the macabre and disturbing ways that the Devil was thought to play a role in mental and bodily health in the past.

Carol Bowsher, Learning and Access Officer, said: “This event builds on the success of last year’s Halloween open day. Over the Infirmary’s 240-year history, gruesome medical and surgical procedures took place here, and there have been numerous reports of ghostly sightings. We are inviting visitors to explore these stories on the spookiest day of the year.”

The Infirmary exhibition will be open all day. In it, visitors can find out about the people who worked or stayed in the hospital as well as try their hand at a range of fun interactives including assembling body organs and attempting keyhole surgery.

Admission to the event and exhibition is free, with small charges for craft activities and demonstrations.

For more information contact Carol Bowsher at c.bowsher@worc.ac.uk or telephone 01905 542540.