School of Biomedical Sciences

Archives Alive

Archives Alive

This interactive day is aimed at students in years 6, 7 and 8. Using our special archives and lab equipment, they examine the 1832 cholera epidemic in Gateshead.

Students start the day by exploring resources in our special collections. Armed with new knowledge and inspiration, they'll then hit the labs to create their own 19th century cure for cholera.

They'll investigate the use of magic bullets (antibiotics), and see first-hand how their 19th century tinctures affect the function of cells.

Finally, students become modern day biomedical scientists and must identify the cholera victims from a number of bacterial swab samples.

Find out more about our sessions at Cholera: Archives Alive or for further information on all Archives Alive sessions.