In a Heartbeat: War as Catalyst for Innovation

Have you ever wondered where do ambulances come from? Or how did plastic surgery start to be the way it is now? Do you know these healthcare items are actually developed from war?

Curated by MA students from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, In a Heartbeat: War as Catalyst for Innovation displays a selection of exhibition from the Science Museum.

The exhibition includes objects which play essential roles in the process of saving lives. From field bandages to wheeled hospitals, then to post-war recovery, featured objects have all transformed into the way they come to be now as part of the modern-day healthcare system.

If you are interested in the history of war medicine, we cordially invite you to follow us on a wounded soldier’s journey. Come and rediscover how various medical innovations on the battlefield come to life — in a heartbeat.

Visit the exhibition

In a Heartbeat: War as Catalyst for Innovation is part of a wider series of exhibitions and projects undertaken by MA students from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies as part of an Interpretations course module.

The exhibition link will be available here shortly.

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Detail from Detraining in England, by Claude Shepperson, 1914-1918, from series ‘Tending the wounded’. Crayon lithograph, 38.5x51cm, in gilt and black frame 58x68x3cm. 1980-910 Pt4, Science Museum Group Collection Online.