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
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12/08/2020

Pictured are some outside covered areas that allowed beds and patients to be placed in fresh air and sunlight. You can clearly see the curtained sides to the building that were pulled back in good weather for extra ventilation. Pre-antibiotic treatment, open air wards were popular in hospitals and sanitoriums in the early 20th Century. Used as an important feature of patient recovery for illnesses such as Tuberculosis

We are much looking forward to starting our online Lost and Found digital museum sessions with Wessex Archaeology  and S...
03/08/2020

We are much looking forward to starting our online Lost and Found digital museum sessions with Wessex Archaeology and Salisbury District Hospital staff beginning this week ... can't wait to see what we discover in their stores!

Two great photographs from the archives, by David Robson, who captured the double decker bus that ran between the Infirm...
20/07/2020

Two great photographs from the archives, by David Robson, who captured the double decker bus that ran between the Infirmary and General Hospital (now Salisbury District Hospital ) to illustrate a nurse recruitment brochure. Not sure of the date, maybe someone can tell from the mini-skirts, bowler hats, cars or shop signs etc?

Just for fun history quiz! all the answers can be found in the stories on our website, so no need to phone a friend http...
15/07/2020

Just for fun history quiz! all the answers can be found in the stories on our website, so no need to phone a friendhttp://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/wp-content/uploads/historyquiz.pdf

13/07/2020

More stories for our history project ‘I am Florence’ have been arriving, here is part 2 #duty, in their words, illustrated with images from our archives. Nurses and midwives, including students & retired, there is still time to take part. It is really simple – click this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Florence200 answer the prompts, which help you tell your nursing story, more info at http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/portfolio/i-am-florence/ Salisbury District Hospital

Community | The Salisbury Museum
05/06/2020
Community | The Salisbury Museum

Community | The Salisbury Museum

The museum offers various programmes for members of our community, including sessions and projects for older people, those on the autism spectrum, care settings, community groups, young people and those living with dementia.

We have lots of plaques in our collection, including this set from 1930.  The Salisbury General Infirmary annual report ...
03/06/2020

We have lots of plaques in our collection, including this set from 1930. The Salisbury General Infirmary annual report of that year states the new “Carnival 1930” Ward, was opened by the Mayoress of Salisbury on the 30th June, 1930, for Ear, Nose and Throat Cases. During the rest of the year 286 cases were treated on this Ward. This was thanks to the efforts to the Mayor of Salisbury, Mr H Medway and his band of willing workers of the committee of Salisbury Carnival, who raised over £5000 (modern equiv of £30,000) the ward was built and equipped free of all cost to the Institution, including to endow two beds and two cots in this ward
More at http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/carnival-week-1930/

With over 100,000 photos and 50,000 objects, we'd like to say thank you to all our history volunteers who help to resear...
02/06/2020
Time to volunteer | ArtCare

With over 100,000 photos and 50,000 objects, we'd like to say thank you to all our history volunteers who help to research and record our treasured archives at Salisbury District Hospital #VolunteersWeek2020 National Lottery Heritage Fund http://artcaresalisbury.uk/time-to-volunteer/

Time to volunteer An interview with ArtCare volunteer Anne Parrish Anne joined ArtCare as a regular volunteer in May 2010. We asked her about her experiences. What led you to volunteer for ArtCare? “When I was medically retired I wanted to do something constructive, but in an area that interested ...

We’ve been researching more about this unusual letter, in our archives Salisbury District Hospital signed by Winston Chu...
28/05/2020

We’ve been researching more about this unusual letter, in our archives Salisbury District Hospital signed by Winston Churchill. Written on a Home Office letterhead, this printed statement is addressed Whitehall, London and dated 31st May 1910. It is signed by Winston Churchill and sent to the Earl of Radnor patron of Salisbury General Infirmary.

On May 6th, 1910, after a reign of less than 10 years, King Edward VII died and was succeeded by his son as King George V. It was Winston Churchill’s responsibility, as Home Secretary (pictured below in 1910) to write letters of formal thanks on behalf of the Royal Family for condolences on Edward’s death. More stories at http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/

Having time to sort through our vintage china for our Elevate tea parties at Salisbury District Hospital, we found this ...
27/05/2020

Having time to sort through our vintage china for our Elevate tea parties at Salisbury District Hospital, we found this Salisbury Cathedral teacup with its Stonehenge saucer, does anyone know more about Pritchard china warehouse in Salisbury? Do you have any Salisbury scenic memorabilia in the cupboads (teatowel, postcard, teapot, spoon....)?!

Fleeting glimpse of future famous king!  Looking back on this week 1923 we have this photograph and letter that are test...
22/05/2020

Fleeting glimpse of future famous king! Looking back on this week 1923 we have this photograph and letter that are testimonies from the drive-by of H.R.H. Prince of Wales motorcade at the Salisbury Infirmary on 24th May. This photograph shows staff and patients standing in a reception group around the front gates of the hospital, waving to catch sight of the passing prince.

Edward, Prince of Wales at the time, was more famously later to become King Edward VIII, in 1936, who reigned for less than a year when he abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Throughout the 1920s he travelled widely representing the royal family and was popular with a celebrity-like status due to his bachelor reputation.

After the event, the hospital sent the prince a book of its history which was thanked formally by letter. From the archives at Salisbury District Hospital www.salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk

Interesting object from SGI in the Salisbury Museum collection
21/05/2020

Interesting object from SGI in the Salisbury Museum collection

It's time for 𝗢𝗯𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸 from our Pick & Mix exhibition!

This is an operating chair from the 18th century. Salisbury's first infirmary was opened in 1767 in Fisherton Street 'for the Relief of the Sick and Lame Poor...'. Patients were admitted or discharged on Saturday mornings and came on the recommendations of a governor or subscriber, unless considered an emergency. For many of the poorest patients warmth and food were probably the most beneficial element of their stay!

To read more about this and other objects from the history of Salisbury, visit our Instagram exhibition @pickandmixtsm https://instagram.com/pickandmixtsm

For more information on how to take part and share your stories visit https://pickandmixtsm.wixsite.com/info

We are supporting an audio history project with The Salisbury Museum who are looking for Salisbury District Hospital sta...
18/05/2020

We are supporting an audio history project with The Salisbury Museum who are looking for Salisbury District Hospital staff to keep an audio diary during COVID-19 outbreak. To participate, volunteers make short recordings onto a mobile phone, Email us [email protected] for all the details

12/05/2020
A Nurse's Poem

A Nurse's Poem

Written by Jayne Sheppard Music composed by Will Rowe Photographs provided by ArtCare Happy International Nurses Day. To help celebrate the day, a few of our...

Read all about our latest project to celebrate nurses and midwives at Salisbury District Hospital, and the long historic...
12/05/2020
Commemorative nurse badge Salisbury Healthcare History

Read all about our latest project to celebrate nurses and midwives at Salisbury District Hospital, and the long historic tradition of awarding badges http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/portfolio/commemorative-nurse-badge/

This blue enamel and silver coloured metal badge was specially commissioned for 200th anniversary commemorations of Florence Nightingale’s birth. 2020 was designated by the World Health Organisation as ‘International Year of the Nurse and Midwife’. Once the Covid-19 global pandemic started cel...

Tomorrow is the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth and celebrated as #internationalnursesday.  We've adde...
11/05/2020
Paper lanterns Salisbury Healthcare History

Tomorrow is the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth and celebrated as #internationalnursesday. We've added loads of activities and ideas to explore our nursing archives on our website. Why not start with make your own easy lanterns to decorate and commemorate the day. http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/paper-lanterns/

Paper lanterns   You will need Scrap paper Scissors Stapler or sticky tape Hole punch Instructions Fold your paper in half lengthwise Cut a 1 cm strip off the end and set aside Starting on the folded edge cut strips but stop before the top edge (leaving about 1cm) Unfold your paper and roll up, sta...

06/05/2020
ArtCare UK

ArtCare UK

In the week that Salisbury Cathedral celebrates its 800th birthday we share some artwork painted by Alfred Overton in 1949. These murals are the artist’s impression of the road between Old and New Sarum in the early 15th Century. Once hung in the dining rooms at Salisbury Infirmary, they were later restored and now on display Salisbury District Hospital read more at http://artcaresalisbury.uk/portfolio/medieval-hunting-scenes/ Also SDH staff are invited to take part in a virtual choir recording of a new piece, The Salisbury Anthem, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Cathedral and city. If you are interested in taking part there is still time, email [email protected] #800years #Salisbury2020 #Wiltshire

Staff at Salisbury District Hospital you may have seen this in our daily bulletin, contact us ArtCare UK for full detail...
30/04/2020

Staff at Salisbury District Hospital you may have seen this in our daily bulletin, contact us ArtCare UK for full details and help to get involved or direct to Bridget at The Salisbury Museum

Life during lockdown... today we are excited to announce the launch of two new digital projects aimed at recording the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the people of Salisbury. ‘COVID-19 Diaries for Salisbury’ will involve asking key workers to keep daily audio diaries on their thoughts and observations. The second, ‘What Do You See’ is asking young people to take a daily photograph recording their feelings about lockdown. It is hoped that both these projects will capture this history in the making and add to the museum’s rich collection of Salisbury’s history.

If you would like to take part, please contact our Project Curator Bridget by email [email protected]

Wessex Museums National Lottery Heritage Fund www.bbc.co.uk/arts

21/04/2020
Rooftop theatres

You may have already read ‘How do you light an operating theatre?’ on our website. Here we explained that when Salisbury General Infirmary was first built the theatres were in the rooftops of the building to be lit by natural sky light. Below are some photographs dating from the early 1990s and shows that the theatres continued to function on the top floor of the Infirmary up until its closure. Read more http://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/themes/

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
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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.