Sun-Starved: Moon-Starved

Sun-Starved: Moon-Starved

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The Summer exhibition in the Mead Gallery features a room, illuminated by moon light (A lifetime’s amount of moonlight) so, no matter what the weather outside, you can be sure to feel better by sitting in gallery two and immersing yourself in calming moonlight.

Not a million miles away from the concept of therapeutic moonlight bathing, is that of light therapy. A new exhibition, Irradiating the Sun-Starved, Light Therapies in Britain, c. 1900-1940 takes a look at just that. Curated by Dr Tania Woloshyn, Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cetre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick, the exhibition takes place in the Warwick Modern Records Centre from Tue 9 Apr to Mon 3 Jun.

The exhibition features a collection of images, objects and texts, all of which played a part in defining natural and artificial light therapies. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, heliotherapy and phototherapy were developed to treat a myriad of ailments and diseases, such as tuberculosis and rickets. The exhibition focuses on the early development of these therapies using textbooks, advertisements, manufacturer pamphlets and other items. It’s well worth a look, and a good insight into early treatment that still carry weight today.

There will be a formal reception and talk on Tue 30 Apr at 5.15pm in the Modern Records Centre. For more information please contact: t.woloshyn@warwick.ac.uk

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