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Cambridge Talks: Broken Bones in Medieval Cambridge

1 March 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Join us for Cambridge Talks, a series of events raising funds for the Museum of Cambridge’s fundraising appeal #YourMuseumNeedsYou.

During the High and Late medieval periods, survival often depended upon an individual’s ability to work. A severe injury could put the future of an entire family in jeopardy. This talk will explore the types of injuries experienced by the inhabitants of medieval Cambridge, as well as the long-term impact of such injuries.

This research was undertaken as part of the ‘After the Plague: Heath and History of Medieval Cambridge’ project that was generously funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Dr Jenna Dittmar is a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen and an Affiliated Scholar at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. As a specialist in human osteology and paleopathology, Jenna utilises a multidisciplinary approach to questions about health, diseases and medical intervention in past populations.

Please note, this online talk will include discussion of and images of human remains.


All proceeds from this event will go towards the Museum of Cambridge’s fundraising appeal #YourMuseumNeedsYou, which aims to help us overcome the huge financial blow dealt by the Covid-19 pandemic.   

We want to say a huge thank you to all our supporters who have helped us over the last few weeks and months. So, we have made this event ‘donate what you like’ – you can choose how much to donate in exchange for your ticket. 

Please support us to survive the next few months by buying a ticket to this event, and/or donating directly to our fundraising appeal: bit.ly/MOCDonate


How to attend this talk:

This talk will be held on Zoom. There is no need to download any software- you can access the talk via your usual internet browser from the comfort of your own home. Cup of tea/glass of mulled wine is optional!

Once you have purchased your ticket on Eventbrite (see link below), you are officially signed up to the event and you will receive an automatic confirmation email from Eventbrite.

1 day prior to the event, we will send you a ‘Zoom Invite’ with joining instructions which explains how to attend the talk. Do make sure you check your Junk Mail and Deleted Items, as this email can get lost.

If you have any concerns or questions about attending this event, please email Annie on annie.davis@museumofcambridge or enquiries@museumofcambridge.org.uk. Do not telephone the Museum, as staff are currently working from home.

Cambridge Talks: Broken Bones in Medieval Cambridge


1 March 2021
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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