Salisbury Healthcare History

Salisbury Healthcare History Archives and historic collections that relate to the hospitals, medicine and healthcare in Salisbury dating from 1760s to present day

This leaflet Housework with Ease found in our archives dates from the early 1950s and gives some occupational therapy ad...
15/04/2020

This leaflet Housework with Ease found in our archives dates from the early 1950s and gives some occupational therapy advice to diminish the strain of everyday tasks.
Although full of useful advice it perhaps hasn’t stood the test of time and really does show how different life is 70+ years on!

This leaflet Housework with Ease found in our archives dates from the early 1950s and gives some occupational therapy advice to diminish the strain of everyday tasks.
Although full of useful advice it perhaps hasn’t stood the test of time and really does show how different life is 70+ years on!

Following on from the SGI post yesterday.  Here is a plan of Odstock Hospital site (now Salisbury District Hospital) The...
08/04/2020

Following on from the SGI post yesterday. Here is a plan of Odstock Hospital site (now Salisbury District Hospital) The date is unknown but post WW2 and shows many of the small temporary war time wooden huts still in existence. What is does reveal is the transition towards new NHS facilities after 1948 with the re-use of nissen huts and ward names being assigned (after local villages). This plan pre-dates the construction of the burns unit in 1960s which has been lightly pencilled in at the south edge of the site.
Compare this to the US army plan of 1942
http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/odstocks-beginnings-american-field-hospital/

Spot on!  This excerpt is from the 1897 Salisbury General Infirmary annual report & recognises donations and the effort ...
06/04/2020

Spot on! This excerpt is from the 1897 Salisbury General Infirmary annual report & recognises donations and the effort from dog ‘Spot’ who raised £13 17s 1d. This was the equivalent of over £1500 and the Woolpack Inn was in Endless Street, Salisbury. There have been many incidences of dogs fundraising for Salisbury Hospitals - see http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/paws-helping-out-cause
Stars Appeal - Salisbury District Hospital's Charity Do you have any dog supporters?

We have this rather lovely highly decorative certificate in our archives, given to hospitals for service during WW1.  Re...
02/04/2020

We have this rather lovely highly decorative certificate in our archives, given to hospitals for service during WW1. Reading the text it perhaps still resonates for our present day NHS staff.

A preview of the Florence project by Louise Jordan who has been exploring our archives at Salisbury District Hospital wi...
24/03/2020

A preview of the Florence project by Louise Jordan who has been exploring our archives at Salisbury District Hospital with stories of nursing and our connection to Florence Nightingale

Here's a trailer for the show I had planned to tour in May about Florence Nightingale on her 200th birthday: https://youtu.be/q7xofxt3Af4 I'm making plans, will update you soon.

It's science week and we've just found this lecture book in our store, beautiful handwriting and illustrations by gym in...
11/03/2020

It's science week and we've just found this lecture book in our store, beautiful handwriting and illustrations by gym instructor William Gillett 1905 RN Barracks #BWS20

On International Women's Day we could celebrate so many stories that have shaped healthcare in Salisbury, past and prese...
08/03/2020

On International Women's Day we could celebrate so many stories that have shaped healthcare in Salisbury, past and present - read about Jean Yates who travelled across America and researched new technology for our operating theatres at Salisbury District Hospital in 1960s #IWD2020 http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/pioneering-theatres/

ArtCare are launching ‘I am Florence’, a special project supporting the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020...
04/03/2020

ArtCare are launching ‘I am Florence’, a special project supporting the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 celebrations at Salisbury District Hospital. ArtCare would like to invite Nurses and Midwives, including students and retired staff to share their stories about life as a nurse or midwife. We have 90 pocketbooks waiting to be filled with your thoughts and memories. Contact ArtCare on [email protected] to take part. All completed books will be entered into a free draw to win a set of three re-usuable cups including the new Florence 200 cup

We had a loan of a light box and managed to view and photograph some of our large glass plate xrays from 1940-1950s.  Fa...
12/02/2020

We had a loan of a light box and managed to view and photograph some of our large glass plate xrays from 1940-1950s. Fascinating to read the developing instructions too - they seem a long way from our digital imaging today

October the 20th 1766  "We whose names are Underwritten do Verily believe Susanna Westcott to be in the Strictest Sense,...
29/01/2020

October the 20th 1766 "We whose names are Underwritten do Verily believe Susanna Westcott to be in the Strictest Sense, an Honest, Sober, Humane and Good housewife, and a person in all respects very fit for a matron of the General Infirmary". Read more about recruiting nurses in 1766 http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/first-matron-appointed/ #YearoftheNurseandMidwife

Throwback Thursday: throughout this year we will be celebrating Year of the Nurse and Midwife with events and activities...
23/01/2020

Throwback Thursday: throughout this year we will be celebrating Year of the Nurse and Midwife with events and activities at Salisbury District Hospital Whilst researching ideas we found in our archives this image from a 1960-1970s recruitment leaflet and shows arrival by air ambulance

It must be time for our annual pantomime joke [Oh no it isn't....!]  A recent donation to our archives is the programme ...
16/01/2020

It must be time for our annual pantomime joke [Oh no it isn't....!] A recent donation to our archives is the programme for The Land of the Red Daisies from 1984 - Does anyone else have photos or memories of the hospital panto? Some more pics http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/its-panto-season/

Florence Nightingale exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery until May 1st https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/display/20...
14/01/2020
Florence Nightingale at 200 - National Portrait Gallery

Florence Nightingale exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery until May 1st https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/display/2019/florence-nightingale-at-200 , find out how she is connected to us at Salisbury http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/florence-nightingale/

The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

On this day January 1955, (looks a cold photograph!) of trainee nurses in Salisbury, pictured standing are E Carey, P Cu...
07/01/2020

On this day January 1955, (looks a cold photograph!) of trainee nurses in Salisbury, pictured standing are E Carey, P Cullen, C Spencer, G Ademluyi, G Sandell, A Maggs, J Shaw, P O'Brien. Seated M Brain, H Barnett, ----, ----, M M Taylor, H Blum

Happy New Year! Check out the good luck theme for new year decorations on wards of Salisbury Infirmary 1928 - how many b...
31/12/2019

Happy New Year! Check out the good luck theme for new year decorations on wards of Salisbury Infirmary 1928 - how many black cats can you see? As well as 4 leaf clovers and horseshoes...

In celebration of World Health Organization (WHO) #YearoftheNurseandMidwife 2020 we start the New Year off with a displa...
30/12/2019

In celebration of World Health Organization (WHO) #YearoftheNurseandMidwife 2020 we start the New Year off with a display of objects, from our archives, on level 5 Education Salisbury District Hospital. Read matron's 100 year old entry in her note book...more at http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/themes/nursing/

This summer artists Stephanie, David & Tamsin piloted a project taking our archive onto the wards of Salisbury District ...
18/12/2019

This summer artists Stephanie, David & Tamsin piloted a project taking our archive onto the wards of Salisbury District Hospital, over 60 postcard memories were captured, read some of them here for the first time https://spark.adobe.com/page/8Qf02TXxBvvlI/ Hoodwink

You can see the old covered corridors of Odstock Hospital (now Salisbury District Hospital) in 1950.  Father Christmas &...
17/12/2019

You can see the old covered corridors of Odstock Hospital (now Salisbury District Hospital) in 1950. Father Christmas & nursing staff were bringing cheer to the early NHS wards.

101 years ago this Christmas card was sent to Dr Elizabeth Walker from her future husband Cecil who was serving in north...
06/12/2019

101 years ago this Christmas card was sent to Dr Elizabeth Walker from her future husband Cecil who was serving in northern Europe during WW1. Dr Walker's archive is in our collections and relates to the first female doctor at The Old Manor Hospital caring for women mental health patients

This rather wintry scene is a photo from our history collections  of the Salisbury General Infirmary and Fisherton Stree...
03/12/2019

This rather wintry scene is a photo from our history collections of the Salisbury General Infirmary and Fisherton Street. We're not sure the year (any vehicle experts may be able to suggest a date?) Clearly one of the years with bad snow... check back to Salisbury Healthcare History all this month for more festive scenes from the archives

Sharing our history project outcomes, to connect with our community, at London King's Fund conference over next 2 days
27/11/2019

Sharing our history project outcomes, to connect with our community, at London King's Fund conference over next 2 days

Good luck Radio Odstock, Odstock Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire. with your online launch today http://radioodstock.org.u...
21/11/2019

Good luck Radio Odstock, Odstock Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire. with your online launch today http://radioodstock.org.uk/, here are some pictures from our archives with Bill Oddie opening your new studio Feb 18th 1977

19/11/2019

We have been enjoying the adverts in this Salisbury carnival programme from 1930s. It is a great insight into Salisbury commerce during the period with advertisements for local shops & services...view full programme https://spark.adobe.com/page/eUdHMQ4kc4FVK/

30/10/2019

Pleasant surprise package in the post today to ArtCare containing nursing badges and this lovely silver buckle worn by a nurse who trained in Salisbury 1955-1958

28/10/2019

As Halloween approaches we have been looking at more than bandages and surgical spirits in our historical collections! And one of the most abiding legends through the ages is the gentle grey lady of Salisbury General Infirmary. Read more https://spark.adobe.com/page/YVqGwq8Gn5v8K/

Thank you to all who came to our Medicine for Members history talk at Salisbury District Hospital it's a great pleasure ...
23/10/2019

Thank you to all who came to our Medicine for Members history talk at Salisbury District Hospital it's a great pleasure to hear connections & questions which bring these archives to life. If anyone has a story relating to our collections online do get in touch http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/

Proud to have joined the Royal College of Nursing and the BAME group here at Salisbury Hospital today with our pop-up ex...
16/10/2019

Proud to have joined the Royal College of Nursing and the BAME group here at Salisbury Hospital today with our pop-up exhibition celebrating Black History Month, still available to view at the education centre or read our stories here https://spark.adobe.com/page/ojyf335LkGXcU/

Hosting a pop-up lunchtime museum today in ArtCare block 29 , showing some of the items from our archives ... do come an...
19/09/2019

Hosting a pop-up lunchtime museum today in ArtCare block 29 , showing some of the items from our archives ... do come and see anytime before 4pm

13/08/2019

In late 1850s Salisbury Infirmary rented a house in Charmouth, Dorset for patients to convalesce by the sea. In a bundle of documents we see that in 1859 'a bathing-machine has been purchased for the use of the patients...' costing £9 11s 7d and owing to the distance from the beach a donkey and chaise was acquired so even the most infirm could visit twice daily.

We're very excited to receive a great find this week, via a car boot sale in St Helens!  Thank you D. Long who rescued a...
06/08/2019

We're very excited to receive a great find this week, via a car boot sale in St Helens! Thank you D. Long who rescued a WW1 photograph album showing the Harnham Red Cross Hospital (along with named captions which means we can trace who is in our long panoramic image), here is a quick peak at one of the thirty images- this is Miss Frances Awdry
ADDRESS: Ardath, Fowlers Hill, Salisbury
SERVICE FROM: 08/1914 TO: 03/1919
HOSPITAL: Red Cross Hospital, Harnham, Salisbury
RANK AT TERMINATION: Ast: quartermaster
PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing & then looking after men's kit at Salisbury Red X Hospital
WHOLE OR PART TIME: about 5,184 hours
More to follow and see what we have so far
http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/harnham-red-cross-hospital/

23/07/2019

This week will be the 100th anniversary of the Salisbury Peace Parade that took place on Monday 28 July 1919 to celebrate the end of the First World War. With around 4000 children from local schools taking who dressed in costumes, based on Salisbury through the ages, the pageant passed through the streets lined with thousands of people. The parade made its way through the city centre to a large gathering in Victoria Park. Read more about these photographs in the archives Salisbury District Hospital http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/peace-parade/ also see Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre http://www.wiltshireatwar.org.uk

All hands at ArtCare UK, including extra help from our work experience student, are busy getting our history collection ...
25/06/2019

All hands at ArtCare UK, including extra help from our work experience student, are busy getting our history collection ready for display Armed Forces Day Salisbury this weekend. Look out for our stand in the community area, free activities and find out more about archives project Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal - Salisbury District Hospital's Charity #ArmedForcesDay

A service will be taking place in the chapel Salisbury District Hospital today at 3.45pm to commemorate the origins of  ...
06/06/2019
Salisbury Healthcare History

A service will be taking place in the chapel Salisbury District Hospital today at 3.45pm to commemorate the origins of our hospital and its connection to D-Day. It was originally built in WW2 as a US field hospital to receive casualties from the conflict and during 1944 over 10,000 soldiers were treated here. Read more http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/odstocks-beginnings-a…/ #DDay75

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the DDay landings this week with our history project. You may not know that Salisbury District Hospital was originally built in WW2 as a US field hospital to receive casualties from the conflict and during 1944 over 10,000 soldiers were treated here. Read more http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/odstocks-beginnings-american-field-hospital/ #DDay75

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Salisbury’s Healthcare History

The historical archives at Salisbury Hospital range from the 1760s to present day and include the General Infirmary, Odstock Hospital and many other sites around Salisbury, they provide a fascinating insight into medicine, healthcare and social history of the city for the past 250 years.

In December 2015, ArtCare were successful in a Heritage Lottery Fund bid for £40,000 towards sorting, recording and sharing the historical archives and collections relating to health care in Salisbury.

Before the Heritage Lottery Fund project started, our collections were badly stored in various locations, recorded in a haphazard way that didn’t allow easy searching and digitised in formats that weren’t compatible with website searching; and we knew that there was more material out there – yet to be found! We certainly have a huge job ahead of us.