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Views & Reviews Exhibition Review

Curate your own exhibition

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 17 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2995
  1. David J Hunter, professor of health policy and management, School of Medicine and Health, Durham University, Stockton on Tees TS17 6BH
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An exhibition of artefacts related to illness and health worldwide from the collection at Durham’s University’s Oriental Museum and curated by young people impressed David J Hunter

As part of the “stories of the world” project, linked to the London 2012 cultural olympiad and working through 14 regional partnerships, young people of all backgrounds are being given an opportunity to experience work as curators of the collections and objects held in museums, libraries, and archives throughout the United Kingdom. In the north east of England the Oriental Museum at Durham University is the location for a pioneering exhibition, “Illness and Medicine,” that has been designed by 25 young people aged 16-18. All are volunteers from local schools, and they have spent their free time each Saturday over the past year or so preparing for and assembling the exhibition.

The subject of the exhibition presented its young designers with a huge challenge—how to represent different views on the treatment of illness and disease through time and around …

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