Ambassador highlights taboos of infant death with Sheffield art exhibition
06 December 2017
Sheffield ambassador Dr Elspeth Whitby has been fundamental in organising an exhibition that sensitively explores what happens when a baby dies.
‘Remembering Baby: Life, Loss and Post-mortem’ is inspired by the ‘End of or Start of Life’ research project and uses visual images, physical objects and sound installations to explore experiences after the death of a baby.
The free exhibition, which was first shown in London in November, is at The Art House in Sheffield until 14 December, 11am-4pm. It aims to challenge taboos surrounding the subject by making the experiences of both professionals and parents more visible.
Much of Elspeth’s work as a radiologist and senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield is around imaging the unborn baby. And it’s through events such as this exhibition – most of which she organises with the help of the Sheffield Ambassador Programme – that she hopes to inspire other regions to follow her lead.
“Ideally, I would like to train people to do what I do in every region of the UK so patients don’t have to travel,” said Elspeth. “I run a lot of the UK service so while I’ve got other people set up doing some work, I do a lot of reporting for places like Cambridge, London, Newcastle and Manchester. And I’m supporting other centres which are just setting up.”
Elspeth is also helping to organise the British Institute of Radiology’s Fetal MRI workshop, which will come to Sheffield in April 2018.