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Visions of Plague: Photographs of the third plague pandemic

Thu 15 February - Fri 2 March

Alison Richard Building

The third pandemic of plague (in its bubonic and pneumonic clinical forms) struck the globe with devastating results between 1894 and 1959. It was the first time that plague would reach and establish itself in all inhabited continents. It was also the first time that any epidemic would be photographed. As plague spread from harbour to harbour, and amongst cities, towns and villages, so did photographs of the pandemic through reproductions in the daily and illustrated press. The exhibition 'Visions of Plague' showcases for the first time this founding moment in epidemic photography taking us from the frozen steppes of Manchuria to San Francisco, Brazil, India and Madagascar, where epidemics of plague challenged colonial and national forms of government, reshaped the urban environment and generated new ways of understanding infectious diseases.

Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic is an ERC project held at the University of St Andrews’ Social Anthropology Department and the University of Cambridge’s CRASSH, and led by medical anthropologist Dr Christos Lynteris. The project and the exhibition is funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant (under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme/ERC grant agreement no 336564).

The exhibition Visions of Plague: Photographs of the Third Plague Pandemic was realised with the cooperation of the Wellcome Library, the San Francisco Public Library, the Institute of Experimental Medicine, the Hong Kong University Library Special Collections, the Centre for South Asian Studies (Cambridge), the Joseph Needham Research Institute, the New York Academy of Medicine Library, and the Institut Pasteur Archives.

Please note: This exhibition contains images of a medical nature

Cost: free

Ages: 16+

Enquiries and booking

No need to book.

Enquiries: Judith Weik Website Email: jw571@cam.ac.uk Telephone: 01223760488


9:00am-6:30pm on weekdays from Thursday 15 February until Friday 2 March

All times

Thu 15 February 9:00AM - 6:30PM
Fri 16 February 9:00AM - 6:30PM
Mon 19 February 9:00AM - 6:30PM
Tue 20 February 9:00AM - 6:30PM
Wed 21 February 9:00AM - 6:30PM
Thu 22 February 9:00AM - 6:30PM
Fri 23 February 9:00AM - 6:30PM
Mon 26 February 9:00AM - 6:30PM
Tue 27 February 9:00AM - 6:30PM
Wed 28 February 9:00AM - 6:30PM
Thu 1 March 9:00AM - 6:30PM
Fri 2 March 9:00AM - 6:30PM


Address: Alison Richard Building
All floors
Sidgwick Site
7 West Road