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Spanish Flu: A Global Pandemic

In our latest Blog Post, Claire Ablett from National Museums of Northern Ireland, reflects on the Lecture on “Spanish Flu: A Global Pandemic”, held in partnership with Living Legacies – One of the Arts & Humanities Research Councils funded World War One Engagement Centres.

As the First World War was drawing to a close and the prospect of peace began to materialise, a deadly virus emerged. This influenza strain, commonly known as the Spanish Flu, resulted in the deaths of between 20 and 50 million people, a higher death toll than that of the First World War. The Spanish Flu conference aimed to highlight the largely forgotten history of this global pandemic with particular focus on how the disease affected people in Ireland and the medical advancements that were made during this period.