HIV/AIDS: Controlling and eradicating a modern epidemic

Date: Monday 20 October 2014 to Saturday 20 December 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Venue: Reception and Manson Foyer, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK
Type of event: Exhibition

This exhibition examines the development of prevention and treatment responses to HIV/AIDS and explores the range of current research being undertaken at the School.

Using historical material and items donated from current HIV/AIDS-related research groups working within the School, this exhibition aims to examine some of the initial responses towards the epidemic and to chart the global story of treatment and prevention of the disease.

On display are items selected from the recently catalogued historical papers held by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Library & Archives Service. These items were catalogued with the assistance of a Wellcome Trust Research Resources grant and are a small sample of the seven HIV/AIDS related archival collections the School currently holds.

The historical material on display provides a window to some of the initial responses to the syndrome before exploring some of the early prevention and treatment initiatives. The exhibition will convey the international nature and multiple perspectives that are retained in the archives and display the multi-media composition of modern archive collections.

The School archive holds historical papers that reflect the global reach of the virus and contains records created by a variety of civic and national organisations alongside personal papers of significant figures in fighting AIDS such as Peter Piot and Joseph Sonnabend. The records provide first-hand testimony of many of the significant international and national developments in the course of the disease and are documented on a range of media from paper, audio-visual, objects and ephemera.

The second half of the exhibition focuses on the current epidemiological research of the School in the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS. The School has been at the forefront of epidemiological work on the disease since the late 1980s. On display are items from a number of the collaborative research projects based in Africa and the UK, showing some of the latest developments in treatment and prevention methods.

There is also a programme of events alongside this exhibition, for more information on each event or to book your place, please click on the relevant link:

Friday 31st October 12:45-13:45 Stories from the School HIV/AIDS Archives
Tuesday 4th November 5:30-6.30 Thatcher Had AIDS: A personal gay gallop through HIV in the UK
Thursday 13th November 5:30-6.30 Mandy Webb: A Positive Diagnosis 2002
Tuesday 18th November 12:45-13:45 Structural HIV prevention and how to pay for it
Thursday 27th November 5:30-6.30 The Global Campaign for Microbicides
RESCHEDULED - Tuesday 2nd December 12:45-13:45 Dying for solutions: trials of interventions to reduce early mortality
Friday 5th December All day HIV/AIDS Archive Collections in the UK: Recording an ongoing epidemic
Tuesday 9th December 5:30-6.30 Botswana's HIV/AIDS Education (AIDucation) 20-10 Story
Monday 15th December 12:45 - 13:45 Dying for solutions: trials of interventions to reduce early mortality
Tuesday 16th December 12:45-13:45 Graphic Communication: the design of HIV/AIDS health promotion ephemera

You can have a look at the School's HIV/AIDs archive in our audio slideshow.

Admission: Free to attend


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