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Friday, 8 February 2013

Don't be a sucker: these leech cures are sure to grab you

Leeches, lumps and lice! That's the heady historical medical mix that the team at Richmondshire Museum hopes will appeal as it holds the first of two workshops in April.

On 19 April, the team will explore whether or not old remedies were effective and what every good wife would grow in her garden. Workshop participants will also trace national panic as epidemics spread like wild fire through urban districts.

They'll also have the opportunity to discover which part of their anatomy may benefit from being rubbed with onions, and what was used to cure windy colic.

The next workshop at the volunteer-run attraction, on 26 April, delves into of personal letters and diaries of a notable Swaledale family, the Brodericks. Using the museum’s collection of their original papers information about the enclosing of open pastures, property deeds, manorial rights, mining contracts and much more will be explored and discussed.

Chairman Mike Wood says “Two quite different but interesting sessions, the first offering an opportunity to take a light-hearted look at illnesses of old and the second providing a glimpse into the history of Swaledale – why not bring along and share your own home remedies”

Places for both 1pm to 4pm sessions are limited so advance booking via telephone number 07894 668005 is essential.

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