image West Sussex History of Medicine Society

2020 lectures have been cancelled owing to the Coronavirus.  We anticipate the new season starting in 2021.

Dr Barbara Ely


3 October 1931 – 23 June 2020

Barbara died in Chichester Hospital on 23 June 2020.
Chris Ely has kindly sent me a recording of Barbara’s funeral.  There were no religious or other formal rituals for the burial of the dead.  She wrote about her life, and her son Chris and his elder daughter, added their views.  It was very educational and moving.  It also reinforced the respect that we held for Barbara, her principles and achievements.  
Susi’s photograph taken in 2016 was blown upon two television screens.  WSHOMS was mentioned towards the end of the oration and what it meant to her.  She had really lived a full life of family, community and national service.  We will miss her as a community member, as a Society member and as a friend.
I will keep the excellent recording, and will make it available to anyone on request.  Please contact me on
as ever
John Richardson
WSHOMS Membership Secretary
The next series of lectures starts again on:
Saturday 9th October 2021

All meetings Saturdays 1000-1200hrs. £5 per session including coffee.  Students free.  Certificates of attendance for Continuing Professional Development will be provided

 Saturday 9th October

The Doctor Brian Owen-Smith Memorial Lecture

1.“Diabetes: an ancient disease; a modern epidemic”

Professor Ken Shaw MA MD FRCP

2.  “Skin Deep:  A History of British Dermatology”

Dr Richard Staughton LVO MA FRCP

Saturday 23rd October 

1.Shakespeare among the Physicians”

Professor Duncan Salkeld MA PhD

2. “The Buckston Browne Research Farm Legacy”

Mrs Elizabeth Beckman BSc(Eng) FBIR 

Saturday 6th November

1.“The Broadmoor Doctors.”      

Paul Devonshire BA (hons) AFBPS

2.  “The History of Spinal Cord Injury Management”

Lt-Col John Reynard DM MA LLM FRCS Urol  RAMC


Saturday 20th November

1.”Victorian Vaccination: Universal Care and Unwanted Interference”

Mr Graham Kyle MSc LLM FRCSEd FRCOphth DHMSA

 2.“Nicholas Culpeper: Heroic Herbalist to his Patients, Mischief Maker in Chief for the Medical Masters of his Day”

Mrs Afifah Hamilton MNIMH 

 Saturday 4th December   

1.”Louis Pasteur and the Rabies Virus”

Dr Tim Mason PhD

2.  “Anna Wessels Williams: Forgotten Pioneer of Microbiology”

    Patrick Pead  MSc FIBMS MIBiol FHA

For further details contact Prof John Richardson 01243-780786, or,

or 1 Franklin Place, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1BL or 

  • free car parking for meetings adjacent to the Chichester Medical Education Centre
We would like to wish you all well at this time of crisis and also         remember the person who brought in the discipline of hand washing.   

During the Crimean War at a time when most people believed that infections were caused by foul odours called miasmas, Florence Nightingale implemented handwashing and other hygiene practices in the war hospital in which she worked, thus reducing cross infection significantly among the sick. Lets remember her well’.