Our 60 at 60 anniversary exhibition was conceived as a way for members and the broader haematology community to share items and stories relating to the history of the specialty, illustrating how far equipment and procedures have advanced. However, the impact of Covid-19 in 2020 necessitated changes to all our lives - both professional and personal - at a speed not experienced previously and we felt it appropriate to include within the anniversary exhibition some reflection on the pandemic.
We commissioned the poet Dan Simpson to create a series of poems to reflect some of the changes and challenges faced by those working in haematology during this time. Dan worked closely with our members to understand their experiences of grief, stress, exhaustion, and loss, as well as learning about their strength and resilience as they adapted to changing circumstances.
Volunteers from our Communications Committee bring the poems to life in the following videos.
Each poem is available as a poster to download and display at work or at home.