What you’ll do
Join writer and BAFTA Award-winning TV producer Jo Willett in this online event to explore and celebrate the life of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who played a key role during an outbreak of smallpox in 1721.
During her travels in Turkey, Montagu witnessed the power of inoculation and defied the medical establishment back in England when she brought back the practice, ensuring that her three-year-old daughter became the first person inoculated in Western Europe. This April marks 300 years since this smallpox epidemic, and this event will feature material from Wellcome Collection to illustrate this deadly disease.
Jo Willet will reflect on how Montagu’s life and legacy have been remembered, though often ignored, as typical of the treatment of women in science.
You will be able to watch this event on Wellcome Collection’s YouTube channel, and submit questions in advance or during the event using Slido. Your microphone and camera will not be on. After booking a ticket you will receive an email with joining instructions.