Medieval Maladies and Medicine

Dublinia is once again taking part in Science Week, an annual week-long event happening all over Ireland each November which celebrates science in our everyday lives.

This year for Science Week, Dublinia is engaging with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in both a contemporary and medieval context.

We will explore the area of medieval maladies and medicine by looking at the most common (and several obscure) ailments that affected the people of our medieval city as well as the ways in which they were treated. We will also investigate the role of a barber surgeon and the herbalist/healer-woman in medieval society.

Living history reenactments of each role will also be happening alongside the work of a contemporary osteoarchaeologist and medical historian. They will explain, within the STEM context, why the science and medicine available to treat illness in the medieval period was used and what treatments have been reinvented over the past 500 years.

These demonstrations will take place on 4 days – 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th November between 11am and 4pm each day