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Sanctuary? scabies and other afflictions along life's pilgrimage

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Sanctuary? scabies and other afflictions along life's pilgrimage

Sanctuary? scabies and other afflictions along life's pilgrimage: Exhibition

Interactive exhibition

21 - 26 October (guided) 

27 October - 21 November 

10.30am to 5pm 

Eastbridge Hospital, 25 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BD


Our research

Scabies is an itchy skin condition caused by a tiny mite that burrows into the skin. Learn how our research will improve the lives of elderly care home residents at the end of their life’s pilgrimage in this historical place of sanctuary.  Join us for an interactive journey through crafts, stories and images.

We are the first research team in the UK to study scabies in the elderly. As a result of our research which was funded by Public Health England, we now have clinical evidence of how scabies affects elderly people differently. We want to share our findings with as wider audience as possible to improve diagnosis, clinical outcomes and the quality of life of care home residents.

The exhibition

We have chosen Eastbridge Hospital as our venue.  The 12th century setting was a place of sanctuary where people were cared for at the end of their pilgrimage. This is parallel to today’s elderly, cared for in residential care homes at the end of their own life’s journey.

The exhibition combines medical research, science, history, art, crafts and stories to appeal to a wide and diverse audience. We aim to raise awareness and understanding of scabies and reduce the stigma of this common infection. We also hope to inspire the younger generation by providing an exciting, informative and interactive place to learn.


Opening times

Following the launch, the exhibition will be open to the public for four weeks, the first week of which will be staffed with members of the research team. The venue is closed on Sundays. 

Guided Exhibition: 10.30am to 5pm, 21 to 26 October

Exhibition: 10.30am to 5pm, 27 October to 21 November

General admission cost

Admission to the exhibition is free, entrance to Eastbridge hospital requires a small contribution of £2 for adults, £1 for children 8-16 years old. Under 8’s go free.



Unfortunately due to this being held at a historic venue, it is not fully accessible for those with limited mobility or wheelchair users: the exhibition is located down four stone stairs.  

There are no toilet facilities available onsite however visitors may use the facilities at the Beaney museum located next door to the Eastbridge Hospital.