‘Seven thousand feet’ was an exhibition and series of events about diabetes (causes, prevention, management and insight into patient lives). This collaborative and innovative project brought together diverse stakeholders to engage with the public in Greater Manchester about diabetes, through visual artworks and associated science exhibits and activities. The exhibition title reflected the number of people in the UK undergoing diabetes-related amputations annually and featured 7,000 single, donated socks. It took place at Manchester Central Library during the 11-day Manchester Science Festival (MSF) in October 2018, running on until World Diabetes Day on 14 November. Artworks were later displayed at the 2019 Diabetes UK conference. Almost 2,000 members of the public and a wide range of diabetes healthcare professionals saw it. This novel approach was a cost-effective way to raise awareness of diabetes as a public engagement and behavioural change activity that was well received by the local population.
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