Health, lies and videotape

Last night, the Academy saw a full house as they held their first public health film screening, "Health, lies and videotape".

With thanks to the Wellcome Trust Archive and the British Film Institute, a selection of movies quite unlike anything you would find at your local cinema was on show, with a panel of experts on hand to give their professional opinions.

The audience was taken on a tour of health advice from the 20th century, from diphtheria warnings in the 1940s to anti-smoking campaigns in the 1970s. 

Joining the audience was:

Professor Sir Steve O'Rahilly FRS FMedSci, Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine, discussing obesity and diet

Professor Maria Zambon FMedSci, Director of Reference Microbiology, Public Health England, talking about diphtheria and vaccinations

Professor Virginia Berridge, Director of the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, discussing the history of health information on the big screen.

This event was held in collaboration with Science London, a branch of the British Science Association, and chaired by Dr Steve Cross, Head of Public Engagement at University College London. 

Find out more about upcoming events at the Academy.

All films are available to view on the Wellcome Library Youtube channel.

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