Ebola, a 21st century ‘Great Plague’?

In the seventeenth century the ‘Great Plague’ swept through London killing nearly a quarter of the population. At the time the cause was unknown and despite attempts to halt its advance little could be done for those infected. As of September 2015, according to WHO, the total number of Ebola infection cases reached…

World Health Organisation on modern plague

Ahead of our new exhibition opening, we’ve been looking at the Great Plague that Samuel Pepys saw devastate London in the 17th century. We’ve all heard of Plague ravaging Europe centuries ago but did you know that it still exists today? We speak to Daniel Epstein from the World Health Organisation to find out more. …

Diagnosing 17th century plague victims

Don Walker is a Senior Human Osteologist at MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology). He excavates and researches the human remains of London’s past populations to understand more about their lives. Don is presenting at The Dreadful Visitation: Pepys’ City and the Great Plague Walking Tour (now sold out), as part…

A rare survivor of the Great Plague

In the month leading up to the opening of Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution we’re looking at the Great Plague that killed nearly a quarter of London’s population. In today’s guest blog from the Wellcome Collection, Dr Elma Brenner looks at one rare survivor of the plague that ravaged the capital….

‘God preserve us all!’: Samuel Pepys and the Great Plague

The Great Plague was one of the worst disasters in London’s history. Samuel Pepys’s diaries provide a fascinating insight into how Londoner’s dealt with this tragedy.  In the summer of 1665 Londoners were dying from a horrible and familiar disease. Although it was a regular visitor to the city, bubonic plague…