A gruesome family attraction will transport visitors back through a gory history of medicine on a journey likely to be both shocking yet educational.
The Horrible Histories-inspired ‘Sick to Death’ venue will be based in the linked 14th century Water Tower and Bonewaldesthorne’s Tower on the corner of the City Walls near Telford’s Warehouse.
Opening in late July, it is the brain-child of Chester-based award-winning social enterprise Big Heritage who grabbed everyone’s attention by staging late night sightings of the medieval Plague Doctor in and around the city centre leading to rampant speculation about who or what he was.
In fact, Chester’s now famous Plague Doctor will feature within the attraction along with a series of interactive exhibits that are ‘set to shock, thrill and educate visitors of all ages’.
The ‘Sick to Death’ attraction will feature never-before-seen bone discoveries and let visitors re-live the plague-ridden, disease infected eras of days gone by.
Archaeologist Dean Paton, managing director of Big Heritage, said: “We can’t wait to let the public into these two incredible 14th century towers with our amazing new family attraction, Sick to Death. The doors haven’t been opened for decades so to bring them to life in this way is so exciting.
“Chester has such an incredible story when it comes to the history of medicine and Sick to Death brings that alive in so many ways. It’s going to be gruesome, gory and, most of all, great fun for families living in and visiting the city this summer. And you might even get the chance to meet the Plague Doctor.”
Dean has secured the keys to the landmark buildings after signing a three-year lease with Cheshire West and Chester Council. And the attraction has been made possible thanks to funding from global charitable foundation, Wellcome.
If it proves a success in 2016, it could be made into a permanent visitor draw for the city. It will also become the first new attraction in Chester city centre for many years.
Greer Roberts, sustaining excellence manager at Wellcome, commented: “When Dean came to us with his proposal, we felt it was a very exciting proposition to establish a new attraction in Chester and bring the history of medicine to a whole new audience.
“We are very pleased to be involved in this important project and we are sure the attraction will be a big hit with families and kids of all ages.”
For more information about Sick to Death please visit www.sicktodeath.org.