Public Health Trail


1866 - 2016
150 years of Public Health in Leeds

2016 marks the 150th anniversary of the first Medical Officer of Health in Leeds. From the Victorian and Edwardian eras, through two world wars, the creation of the National Health Service and up to the present day – each Medical Officer of Health or Director of Public Health has had to deal with the public health challenges of their own time.

On 1st October 2016, Dr Ian Cameron, Director of Public Health Leeds, presented a lecture to delegates at the museum telling the story of the 150 year history of Public Health in Leeds.  You can watch the presentation in action on Youtube​. A presentation transcript (PDF 1.5MB) is also available to download.

NEW Public Health Trail
Created in partnership with Public Health Leeds, you can find out more about the history of Public Health in England and the changes it has made to our lives by exploring a new trail through the ground floor galleries in the museum.

Find out how Public Health Leeds aims to improve the health of all in Leeds by viewing the 2016 Annual Report.

"We protect and improve the nation's health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities."
Public Health England, 2016