Elizabeth Blackwell’s legacy: exploring challenge and change

In 2021 we celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Dr Elizabeth Blackwell. Our namesake was born in Bristol and went on to be the first ever woman on the British medical register. Join us this year in celebrating her life and story.

Britain’s first female doctor, a single woman who lived and worked across two continents, and an early advocator of public health – in many ways, Blackwell was ahead of her time. Join us in 2021 to explore the issues important to her, many of which are still relevant today.

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A lot has changed in two hundred years. Indeed, a lot changed in 2020. This year, with Blackwell in mind, we’re keen to explore the near and distant past, and look forwards into the future. We’re interested to see what challenges Blackwell and the world faced, and what has changed.

Our plan for the bicentenary year is to be collaborative! Where possible, we’d like to partner with Bristol residents, community groups, artists, and anyone who’s interested. We've chosen the following themes that encompass the story of Blackwell – and we’d like to hear what you think of them.

  • Women in health and the workplace
  • Bristol past and present
  • Community health

What's coming up

Find out about events and activities you can get involved with.

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Join the conversation

2020 was certainly a year of challenge and change.

As things stand, we want to know what you think about the themes we mentioned above, and the challenges that relate to them. We’d like to hear from you about the changes that have been made, or still need to be made. How do things look today for women in the workplace? Why is the past important? What should the future look like? How do we keep a community healthy?

Join us online in 2021 to celebrate a pioneer in medicine, and to talk about what Blackwell, and Bristol, mean to us all.



Send your thoughts and suggestions to ebi-events@bristol.ac.uk

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