Salisbury Healthcare History

Salisbury Healthcare History Archives and historic collections that relate to the hospitals, medicine and healthcare in Salisbury
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Poster plan of Salisbury Infirmary that has arrived in our archives recently, we would love to know if anyone can pin do...
27/09/2023

Poster plan of Salisbury Infirmary that has arrived in our archives recently, we would love to know if anyone can pin down an approximate date from some of the local adverts?

31/08/2023

A WOMAN who became a leader in the search for abnormalities in chromosomes will be recognised once the unveiling of a Blue Plaque takes place at the…

Some pictures today from our WW2 exhibition at Salisbury District Hospital open day commemorating our 80th birthday
22/07/2023

Some pictures today from our WW2 exhibition at Salisbury District Hospital open day commemorating our 80th birthday

Some future history collected today! watching one of the old WW2 wards being demolished to make way for a new building a...
26/05/2023

Some future history collected today! watching one of the old WW2 wards being demolished to make way for a new building at Salisbury District Hospital

An exciting and timely donation arrived this afternoon to  ArtCare UK   This is Alice Flemington (affectionately and apt...
12/05/2023

An exciting and timely donation arrived this afternoon to ArtCare UK This is Alice Flemington (affectionately and aptly known as "Flemy"!) trained as a nurse at Salisbury Infirmary 1925-1927. We have her photo collection and medical books to add to the archives Salisbury District Hospital more at https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/themes/nursing/

Our Florence has been returned to display at Salisbury District Hospital, after her tour of duty at The Salisbury Museum...
11/05/2023

Our Florence has been returned to display at Salisbury District Hospital, after her tour of duty at The Salisbury Museum for the Her Salisbury Story exhibition - just in time for her birthday tomorrow! And to commemorate

History coffee club - SDH @80Join us for coffee, chat and exploring our history archives at ArtCare's Culture Club on Th...
24/04/2023

History coffee club - SDH @80
Join us for coffee, chat and exploring our history archives at ArtCare's Culture Club on The Green. Drop in anytime for coffee and relaxed discussion whilst exploring our archives and history collections - this month we'll be looking at the 80th anniversary of Salisbury District Hospital Open to all and free of charge.
Two dates coming up:
10am - 12 noon Friday 28th April
12noon - 2pm Thursday 4th May
Book a place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/artcare-28126838233

Join us on the 18th April for a talk about the Common Cold Unit, read more 👇
11/04/2023

Join us on the 18th April for a talk about the Common Cold Unit, read more 👇

A Medicine for Members Lecture, 'Coughs and Sneezes - The Story of Salisbury's Common Cold Unit' with ArtCare UK's Lesley Self, will be held on 18th April, 17:30, in the Lecture Theatre – see invite below. Please email [email protected] to confirm your attendance.

History coffee club this Friday 31st 10am-12noon - Drop in anytime for coffee & relaxed discussion whilst exploring our ...
28/03/2023

History coffee club this Friday 31st 10am-12noon - Drop in anytime for coffee & relaxed discussion whilst exploring our archives - this month we'll be looking at The Old Manor Hospital collections. Open to all and free of charge, more details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/history-coffee-club-tickets-547269757577

Join us for coffee, chat and exploring our history archives on a different topic every 4th Friday of the month

Especially curated stories for British Science Week  are up on our website now - see pictures of Salisbury Infirmary's f...
17/03/2023

Especially curated stories for British Science Week are up on our website now - see pictures of Salisbury Infirmary's fresh air wards after epidemics of flu in the 1920s, where patients were prescribed sunlight and getting outdoors for their wellbeing https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/post-epidemic-years/ British Science Association

Post epidemic years As well as isolation hospitals, in the pre-antibiotic era open air wards were popular in hospitals and sanitoriums in the early 20th Century. These were used as an important feature of patient recovery for illnesses such as Tuberculosis Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection....

Explore some of the amazing and unique science stories on our website, starting with the long running clinical trials at...
15/03/2023

Explore some of the amazing and unique science stories on our website, starting with the long running clinical trials at the Common Cold Unit, that saw 20,000 volunteers come to catch a cold between 1946 & 1990 https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/clinical-trials-at-the-common-cold-unit/ British Science Week British Science Association

Clinical trials at The Common Cold Unit The first trial at The Common Cold Unit (Harvard Hospital) began on 17th July 1946. What were they looking for? As well as identifying disease, treatment, searching for a vaccine and the relationship between stress and cold symptoms, their research also examin...

As part of British Science Week  we’ll have special edition Science inspired history time capsules heading out to wards ...
10/03/2023

As part of British Science Week we’ll have special edition Science inspired history time capsules heading out to wards and departments at Salisbury District Hospital – available to pick up from ArtCare, the HealthCare library and delivered as bedside activity. Email [email protected] to request one! British Science Association

Celebrating   read the story of Dr Marina  Seabright OBE (1922 -2007) geneticist, known for discovering the influential ...
08/03/2023

Celebrating read the story of Dr Marina Seabright OBE (1922 -2007) geneticist, known for discovering the influential trypsin-banding technique for chromosomes & for leading the Wessex Regional Cytogenetics Unit Salisbury District Hospital https://hersalisburystory.com/stories/marina-seabright/ British Science Week British Science Association

As part of British Science Week  we’ll be running a drop in science inspired activity – try out and view some antique mi...
08/03/2023

As part of British Science Week we’ll be running a drop in science inspired activity – try out and view some antique microscopes from our historic collections. Level 4 main corridor at Salisbury District Hospital No need to book – Drop in anytime 12.30 – 2pm https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/dr-walkers-microscope/ British Science Association

We've been on the radio this weekend talking about the 30th anniversary of the move from the Infirmary to the new buildi...
04/02/2023

We've been on the radio this weekend talking about the 30th anniversary of the move from the Infirmary to the new buildings at Salisbury District Hospital in 1993. If you didn't get a chance to visit our archives and watch the film, there is now an extract on our website https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/how-do-you-move-a-hospital/

Find out more about the Common Cold Unit and our project with The Salisbury Museum
04/02/2023

Find out more about the Common Cold Unit and our project with The Salisbury Museum

In this online talk Lesley Self of ArtCare takes a look at The Common Cold Unit through historical archives from Salisbury District Hospital

We had a great session last week with the Headway Salisbury and South Wiltshire group, so much chat, stories and curiosi...
30/01/2023

We had a great session last week with the Headway Salisbury and South Wiltshire group, so much chat, stories and curiosity about the archives at Salisbury District Hospital

What a great day welcoming over 50 visitors to our film session & archives Salisbury District Hospital sharing stories t...
27/01/2023

What a great day welcoming over 50 visitors to our film session & archives Salisbury District Hospital sharing stories together about the closing of the Infirmary in 1993. More dates to be announced due to popular demand! Follow us on Eventbrite to get notifications https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/artcare-28126838233

Today is now the 30th anniversary of the closing ceremony of Salisbury Infirmary, on the 25th January 1993.  Below are s...
25/01/2023

Today is now the 30th anniversary of the closing ceremony of Salisbury Infirmary, on the 25th January 1993. Below are some pictures in our archives from the day. Pictured are Maurice Tryhorn (who was the longest serving member of SGI staff) and Marlene Lucas (Maternity staff member who won the prize to lock the doors in a raffle) and Major General Crossley chairman. Read more in our blog with the details https://express.adobe.com/page/GRBn5bRxIs912/

It is 30 years today, 20th January 1993, that the last patient was moved out of Radnor Ward Intensive Care Unit at Salis...
20/01/2023

It is 30 years today, 20th January 1993, that the last patient was moved out of Radnor Ward Intensive Care Unit at Salisbury General Infirmary to the new ward at Salisbury District Hospital. Read more in our blog 'How do you move a hospital?' https://express.adobe.com/page/GRBn5bRxIs912/

Read about the infamous floods of Salisbury in January 1915 and implications it had on public health
17/01/2023

Read about the infamous floods of Salisbury in January 1915 and implications it had on public health

Floods and meningitis outbreak Early in January 1915 heavy rain resulted in three deluges of flood water affecting Fisherton Street and adjacent housing area, even spreading over the floor of the Cathedral. The ground floors of the Infirmary were flooded too causing not only expense, but horrible co...

29/12/2022

We are sorting through our archives for items relating to the 30th anniversary of the move from Salisbury General Infirmary to new buildings at Salisbury District Hospital in 1993 - here is a quick preview and shows a rooftop view across the rear of SGI. We'd love to hear from anyone who worked there during the transfer 1992-1993 www.salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk

21/12/2022

Here is an unusual Christmas card in our archives at Salisbury District Hospital - merry Christmas everyone!

On 12 December 1942, the US army transferred their hospital structures to a location south of Salisbury, near the villag...
12/12/2022

On 12 December 1942, the US army transferred their hospital structures to a location south of Salisbury, near the village of Odstock - 80 years on we are celebrating the early days of Salisbury District Hospital site.

The motor convoy of 42 trucks inlcuded 31 Officers, 66 Nurses, 268 Enlisted Men, 11 female civilian employees & Red Cross personnel plus 50,000 pounds of personal luggage, medical equipment and records. https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/odstocks-beginnings-american-field-hospital/

Local memories of the US Army arriving at Odstock, December 1942, are accompanied by smells of delicious new foods such as "frankfurters, beefburgers & Italian meatballs, dips and the like, all so foreign to any of us then!" https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/themes/memories/

Extract of poem by W Sherriff...

Once an American Military Hospital
See it's part in a War that keeps us free
Nissen huts in the sun no longer glisten
Those in Khaki and army jeeps
Now Woodcock and Skylarks listen
Nurse's promise of care still keeps

Look out for more activities, events and stories to celebrate our 80th birthday

We are pleased to be presenting our talk Salisbury Healthcare history & the Common Cold Hospital at Amesbury this week o...
27/09/2022

We are pleased to be presenting our talk Salisbury Healthcare history & the Common Cold Hospital at Amesbury this week on Thu, 29 September 2022, Doors open 1.45pm - Talk: 2pm - 3pm at Wyndham Hall, 50 Church Street, Amesbury, SP4 7EU
Book at ticket online via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/384494020967 or telephone 01722 336262 ext 5617 Silver Salisbury Salisbury District Hospital

Inspired by Facilities e-bike & cycle to work schemes Salisbury District Hospital we've picked some of our favourite cyc...
07/09/2022

Inspired by Facilities e-bike & cycle to work schemes Salisbury District Hospital we've picked some of our favourite cycling themed images from the archives, Read 'On your bike!' slideshow at https://express.adobe.com/page/HVzTe8QKoos8S/ COGS

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Medical mystery tour of Salisbury available now to book as part of Heritage Open Days, free of charge event where you’ll...
18/08/2022

Medical mystery tour of Salisbury available now to book as part of Heritage Open Days, free of charge event where you’ll visit famous landmarks and see them in new perspective, we’ll walk you through over 800 years of fascinating tales and places. Find out more and book

For the first time ArtCare are offering free guided city tours of Salisbury with an alternative focus on a medicine, care and public health

  July 1989 and the North section of Salisbury District Hospital is under construction, the blue crane in the foreground...
22/07/2022

July 1989 and the North section of Salisbury District Hospital is under construction, the blue crane in the foreground is where the main entrance millennium garden is today. You can still see the last of the WW2 nissen huts nearby. https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/odstock-hospital/

Looks like a real grudge match was played   1930 as part of the carnival fundraising for Salisbury Infirmary.  Old mothe...
01/07/2022

Looks like a real grudge match was played 1930 as part of the carnival fundraising for Salisbury Infirmary. Old mother hubbard up against jack the ripper... more carnival capers from the archives at Salisbury District Hospital online https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/carnival-week-1930/

For those enjoying   here is a photo from the archives at Salisbury District Hospital taken from a staff recruitment lea...
28/06/2022

For those enjoying here is a photo from the archives at Salisbury District Hospital taken from a staff recruitment leaflet 1960s/1970s era, illustrating the sport and leisure facilities available to nurses (inc. tennis court at Salisbury Infirmary) see more at https://salisburyhealthcarehistory.uk/nurse-training-salisbury/ [group-6362]/12/

A photo from the archives held at Salisbury District Hospital: June 1954 of the Pathology Department which includes Dr M...
15/06/2022

A photo from the archives held at Salisbury District Hospital: June 1954 of the Pathology Department which includes Dr Marina Seabright (second right bottom row) 1922 -2007. Marina was a geneticist, known for discovering the influential trypsin-banding technique for chromosomes and for leading the Wessex Regional Cytogenetics Unit. Read more at Her Salisbury Story
https://hersalisburystory.com/stories/marina-seabright/

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Don’t know if of interest to you but this is a picture of my dad Maurice(Maury) Tryhorn. He worked at the infirmary for most of his working life and was chosen to lock the doors the day The Salisbury infirmary closed. With newspaper and hospital newsletter too
I use to work as a volunteer on the children's ward 1976 until late 1977 ,does anyone remember sister skew?
Absolutely one of the best and she was a real Angel💗
Hi there, I’m an employee at SDH. Just out of interest I was wondering if anything was happening to capture/record more recents events . I was just thinking that the Novichok incident was only a couple of yrs ago (2018) but it already feels like a distant memory. I feel that the pandemic is likely to be with us for sometime and it’s effects both in terms of changes to healthcare and it’s after-effects in terms of long Covid are likely to be with us for a long time but I’m already aware that if you record lived experiences sometime after the events they may not be as accurate.
I think a lot of people would be interested in giving their oral history (on video /audio) . I heard on radio 4 people were recording and sending in their Covid chronicle and these have been kept in the British library and have also heard of parents keeping scrap books of the year and my Dad even buried a time capsule in their garden walk as he rebuilt it during the first lockdown !
Is there a local reporter or historian who might be able to interview staff at the hospital so that these could be kept for the future? What is everyone’s thoughts on this?