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Rowntree, York, and the 1918 Flu Pandemic

Rowntree, York, and the 1918 Flu Pandemic

posted 23 Aug 2020

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. 

You can keep up to date with new posts by following the Rowntree Society on Twitter @rowntreesoc and on Facebook.

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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