During the bubonic plague epidemic of 1665–6, the residents of Eyam in Derbyshire quarantined themselves within the village boundaries to help prevent the disease spreading further. Simon Norfolk revisits the village to tell the story of this small community’s remarkable sacrifice and the genetic discovery that came from those who survived.
About the photographer
Simon Norfolk is a photographer who regularly contributes to National Geographic and has shown his work at Tate Modern. He specialises in post-conflict landscapes; in particular he has worked a great deal in Afghanistan. His most recent book was following in the steps of the 19th-century photographer of the Second Afghan War, John Burke. Simon is currently running at a pretty nifty Number 44 on ‘The 55 Best Photographers of all Time. In the History of the World. Ever. Definitely’.
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Delve into details in the 19th-century book ‘The history and antiquities of Eyam; a full and particular account of the Great Plague, which desolated that village’.
Read about smells and the plague in this image gallery full of items and illustrations.
Visit the Reading Room to see a collection of amulets and charms and find one that was said to protect against plague.