How did the 1918 flu pandemic affect the Rowntree family and Rowntree workers? How was the outbreak experienced among vulnerable communities in early 20th century York? What were the responses of Rowntree family members to the crisis as individuals, as employers, and in their roles in civic and public life? And what might the answers to these questions tell us about life with COVID-19, and the world that lies beyond it?
The Rowntree Society have created a new blog series that explores these questions and many more, drawing on the experiences and lessons of the 1918 ‘Spanish flu’ to expand understanding of the present-day pandemic.
With archives closed as part of lockdown measures in the UK, the blog series is a collaborative effort. Archivists and local historians have helped supply relevant sources, and our volunteers and trustees have also contributed their knowledge.
You can read more about how the blog series started and the people involved. Two posts have already been published with the third one coming soon.
Blog Post 1: A Forgotten History through a Rowntree Lens
Blog Post 2: Care and Community: York and the Second Wave
Blog Post 3: [Coming soon]
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