Science Museum, London – Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care Exhibition 2016


Tagged and blanketed. British and German wounded await evacuation.


Stained German stretcher…


…captured by the 5th Bn. King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry near Fricourt on 1st July 1916. “To be forwarded to Depot Pontefract.”


This Field Surgical Pannier was supplied to medical units near the front lines…


…and contained scalpels, scissors, bandages & potions for immediate care of wounds.


Device designed to deliver oxygen to four stretchered men.


More scalpels.  Débridement – the cutting away of damaged tissue to prevent infection – was a common, and successful, form of treatment.


Treatments for gas victims.


Standard British portable X-ray tube.


Early blood transfusion machine.

20160722_145815Carrel-Dakin apparatus, designed to deliver antiseptic directly to wounds.


Electromagnetic machine (left) & blood circulator (right).


Front cabinet: The Officer’s arm (left) and the Worker’s arm (right).

20160722_150837Brand new limbs.

20160722_150907Home repairs.


Horrible photo of a strange contraption in the foreground and a wheeled stretcher in the background – all these photos were taken with the phone camera, as you may have guessed by now.


Facial reconstruction (above & below).




Magnificent diorama, a detail from which began this post.  The exhibition runs until January 2018, and if you’re in the area, or passing by, it’s well worth an hour of your time.  And it’s free!

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8 Responses to Science Museum, London – Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care Exhibition 2016

  1. Mrs Baldrick says:

    Hats off to those doctors and nurses that had to work in those terrible conditions – real HEROES that saved so many lives!!

  2. Boyd Raether says:

    Warfare has changed dramatically over the last one hundred years, but similarities remain with the military medical challenges faced today, both through the experiences of the wounded and in their treatment and care. The

  3. liz tobin says:

    Thank you for the photos…..
    Major Harold Gilles has been remembered , along with some of his patients at Lives of the First World War.

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