Fatal Flu – Spanish flu and the threat of pandemic


  • Torbay Museums Trust

Project summary

We will work with health professionals, artists and educators to start a conversation with the public about our understanding of disease, how it spreads and possible future threats. We will focus on the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918–1920 while looking at the emotional effects of ill health and the possibility for positive change. We will show that things change by looking back at our history and learning from our responses to disease and our ability to develop tools to fight diseases. 

We will include various strands of outreach to engage schools, older people and members of the wider community. This engagement will help to inform an exhibition which will run during the flu season of 2018 to mark 100 years since the outbreak of Spanish flu.