Typhoid past, present, and future


‘Typhoid Past, Present and Future’  tracked the history of typhoid in Oxford and connected it to present day challenges of control and treatment for the disease. As Co-PIs Dr Samantha Vanderslott and Dr Claas Kirchhelle organised a programme of research and curated an award-winning multi-country exhibition ‘Typhoidland’ on www.typhoidland.org. Our feature animation for this exhibition won the Bristol Science Film Festival Best Factual Film Prize and the digital games we developed were awarded gold for Best Learning Game at the Learning Technologies Awards.

We also received extensive media coverage by BBC One South, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service. In reviews, the Daily Info called it “An Audacious Exhibition” and The New Scientist picked it as one of their “Best new exhibitions”. As part of this project, we edited a special supplement for the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases for which we produced a summary article for The Conversation and our research was covered in over 90 national and international outlets (the World Economic Forum, New York Post, The Sun, and The Telegraph).

Key Publications

Kirchhelle, C. (2022). Typhoid: The Past, Present, and Future of an Ancient Disease. New York, US: Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers. ISBN: 978 1 78551 383 1

Vanderslott S., Phillips MT, Pitzer VE, Kirchhelle C. Water and Filth: Reevaluating the First Era of Sanitary Typhoid Intervention (1840–1940). Clin Infect Dis. 2019; 69 (Supplement_5): S377-S384. doi:10.1093/cid/ciz610

Kirchhelle C, Pollard AJ, Vanderslott S. (2019) Typhoid—From Past to Future. Clin Infect Dis. 69 (Supplement_5):S375-S376. doi:10.1093/cid/ciz551 https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/69/Supplement_5/S375/5587092