Are You Brave Enough To Be Exposed To History's Deadliest Diseases?

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Are You Brave Enough To Be Exposed To History's Deadliest Diseases?

This is a sponsored article on behalf of the Royal College of Nursing.

Bet you've never spent a Monday evening getting up close and personal with deadly diseases before. But there's a first time for everything, and if we've piqued your fascination in all things medical and morbid, then this is the event for you.

The Royal College of Nursing is staying open late for an evening all about disease — go along if you're brave enough to face the threat of contagion. For those curious about health and history, it's a chance to learn more about infection, including how contagious diseases have been treated throughout time, and how diseases spread (face masks optional — we personally wouldn't risk it though).

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Register in the quarantine zone, before getting involved in free activities including a disease-themed life drawing class, led by Art Macabre, as well as infection-themed games, and a chance to get crafty with quilt-making (with a disease twist, no doubt). We'd advise picking your friends and neighbours for the evening very carefully — after all, anyone who gets infected poses a risk of passing some of history's worst disease on to you too. It's every person for themselves out there...

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will be displaying some of its archives, and fans of graphic design are in for a treat, as the V&A is exhibiting its collection of AIDS awareness posters. Head to the Room of Reflection to hear recordings of people talking about experiences of living with HIV and AIDS — fascinating and thought-provoking stuff.

A bar is available throughout the evening to keep you topped up with the poison (or medicine, if you're one of the unlucky ones...) of your choice.

The event is being held as part of the AIDS Histories and Cultures Festival, which is organised by the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

RCN Late: Beat the Bugs! takes place on Monday 2 July 2018, 6pm-9pm. Entry and all activities are free, and tickets can be booked here.

Last Updated 01 June 2018