Royal Victoria Chapel

Royal Victoria Chapel The Royal Victoria Hospital was built in 1856 and served the British military for over a century, until its demolition in 1966. All that remains is the Royal Victoria Chapel, now a museum telling the history of the hospital, its patients and staff.
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We'd like to find out more about the uniforms being worn in these two photographs from WW1 at Netley.1. Appears to have ...
03/09/2020

We'd like to find out more about the uniforms being worn in these two photographs from WW1 at Netley.
1. Appears to have RAMC cap badge, but why might the straps on his cap be arranged the way they are? We've not seen them like that in other photos. What is the significance of the rope cord (fourragere?) on the left shoulder? Is he carrying a swagger stick?
2. Appears to have British Red Cross Society cap badge. Again, what is the significance of the rope cord on the left shoulder? (And this is clearly different to the one worn by the man in the 1st photo.) It looks as though he has braided epaulettes, so what might this indicate about his rank?

23/08/2020

Tuesday 25th August:
The Royal Victoria Chapel will be CLOSED ALL DAY due to a planned local power outage by SSE. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

20/08/2020

On This Day In History!

On 20th August 1881, Queen Victoria made one of her many visits to the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley, writing in her journal:

“At ¼ to 5 started for Netley with Beatrice, Ly Abercromby, Horatia S., Sir H. Ponsonby & Gen: Du Plat. Crossed over in the Alberta, the sea quite smooth, & the air very soft.
Went ashore in the steam barge, landing at the usual pier, & being received by Sir C. Pearson, (who was so long shut up at Echoe) the commanding Officer, & Dr Manifold, the head doctor.
We went into a large medical ward below stairs, & here were assembled all the wounded, chiefly from the Transvaal, & also from Afghanistan, several, without legs & arms; one, who had had his shoulder excised, but had retained his arm, — another, who still had a ball in his chest, & others, wounded in the face & eyes, — all, doing well, & a very few, still in bed. Spoke to most of the men, the greater part of whom, were going to leave almost immediately.
We then went upstairs, & through a great many wards, where most of the men were in bed, almost all, on return from foreign service, & some so young, quite sad to see. It is really very wrong to send out poor boys like that. Two doctors, beside Dr Manifold, went round with us, one, for the wounded, & one for the medical cases, & there were other doctors besides, standing in the wards. Mrs Deeble, the Matron, at the head of the Nurses, was there. She had been to the frost in Zululand & had been very ill with fever. One of the nurses, who got my St. Katharine's badge, was brought up for me to see, & speak to. It was a very gratifying visit.
We reembarked as we came, then steamed up to Southampton, where I had not been for more than 20 years, & back. The expedition was very enjoyable."
© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2012

#OnThisDayInHistory #QueenVictoria #RoyalVisit

We're often asked why did they build a Church in the middle of the fields.  Well the answer is, of course, "they" didn't...
18/08/2020

We're often asked why did they build a Church in the middle of the fields. Well the answer is, of course, "they" didn't! The Chapel was once at the heart of the Royal Victoria Hospital, whose imposing buildings occupied all that grassy space. Look closely and you can still see traces of the brickwork just below the surface. Find out more about the hospital by visiting the free exhibitions in the Chapel, open Tuesday-Sunday, 10.30am-5pm.

17/08/2020

On This Day In History!

17th August marks the death, in 1944, of Sir Arthur Frederick Hurst. He was appointed to the neurological section of the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley in 1916, replacing Major William McDougall. With his colleague Captain JLM Symns, Hurst took over responsibility for all shell-shock cases admitted to the hospital, exploring and refining a range of therapeutic techniques.

In January 1917, Hurst and Symns secured a grant from the Medical Research Committee to fund the filming of soldiers invalided from France with neurological disorders. The Pathé Motion Picture Co. produced the film, which was shown for training and research purposes and to demonstrate that shell shock was a treatable disorder. There was some controversy about the film; some of the ‘before’ sequences were re-enacted for the camera at a later date and some doctors questioned the validity of ‘cures’ claimed in the film, strongly suggesting that Hurst had overstated the effectiveness of his methods. You can see a short segment of the film in the exhibitions in the Royal Victoria Chapel.

#OnThisDay #HistoryOfMedicine #NeurologicalDisorder #ArthurHurst #WW1

Photo credit: https://alchetron.com/Arthur-Frederick-Hurst

Access to the Royal Victoria Chapel may be different at the moment with only the ground floor open, but you can enjoy th...
14/08/2020
Explore Royal Victoria Chapel in 3D

Access to the Royal Victoria Chapel may be different at the moment with only the ground floor open, but you can enjoy the full experience online with our 3D virtual tour, including the spectacular panoramic views from the top of the Tower!

https://bit.ly/2x5ClsH

After careful conservation and restoration, the Royal Victoria Chapel at Netley has reopened in all its glory.

Royal Victoria Chapel's cover photo
14/08/2020

Royal Victoria Chapel's cover photo

Important Update:From Saturday 8th August, face coverings should be worn when visiting the Royal Victoria Chapel.  This ...
07/08/2020

Important Update:
From Saturday 8th August, face coverings should be worn when visiting the Royal Victoria Chapel. This is in line with the latest Government guidance, to help reduce the transmission of Coronavirus. Thank you for your understanding.

For more information, please read the government guidelines: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

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Royal Victoria Chapel: Open from 10.30am – 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
Free admission to the ground floor exhibitions, however the 1st floor balcony and Tower remain closed. We are limiting the number of visitors in the Chapel, so you may need to wait. A small selection of souvenirs is available to purchase at the reception desk. Card payments only please.

Chapel Toilets: Open from 10.30am – 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Please enter via the side door of the building.

Café Kiosk: Open from 10.30am – 4.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday selling takeaway drinks and snacks. Card payments only please. Access via the serving window at the front of the building.

We are excited to announce that the Royal Victoria Chapel, café kiosk and toilets will be reopening on Saturday 11 July....
10/07/2020

We are excited to announce that the Royal Victoria Chapel, café kiosk and toilets will be reopening on Saturday 11 July. We will be open from 10.30am - 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. The kiosk will close at 4.30pm.

Access to the Chapel and its facilities is currently a little different to usual. For more information, visit our website: www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/rvchapel/planyourvisit/visitorinformation. We will be operating separate access points for the Chapel, kiosk and toilets to help maintain social distancing.

Follow signage and guidance in place throughout your visit to ensure everyone’s safety. Do not visit the Chapel if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

Please note, the Chapel will be closed for maintenance work on Tuesday 14 - Friday 17 July. The kiosk and toilets will remain open.

Happy #Halloween! We hope you're having a spooktacular day... Scare yourself silly with some creepy facts about Royal Vi...
31/10/2017
Happy Halloween to you all!

Happy #Halloween! We hope you're having a spooktacular day... Scare yourself silly with some creepy facts about Royal Victoria Chapel...if you dare

Whhhhhooooooooooo

20/10/2017

Joan and Ro from Australia contacted us last year as they are tracing their father/grandfather’s footsteps from the 1st world war, see our blog for more info: http://bit.ly/2gwY0Sj

Even though the chapel’s not completed yet and as they had come so far, we arranged for a site tour and sneak preview of the chapel. See our video below (and you also will get a sneak preview of the amazing work we are doing) The ceiling looks fantastic!

We've got some amazing slates to add to the new Chapel roof created by all the wonderful people who came last weekend. Y...
26/07/2017

We've got some amazing slates to add to the new Chapel roof created by all the wonderful people who came last weekend. You have another chance to become part of history this weekend, decorate your very own slate for just £5, or 5 for £20. Join us outside the chapel this Saturday and Sunday between 11 and 4.

Let your kids be part of the park’s future history this weekend! Still looking for something to keep the kids busy this ...
20/07/2017

Let your kids be part of the park’s future history this weekend!

Still looking for something to keep the kids busy this weekend?

For just £5.00 for one slate, or £20 for five, you or can sign/decorate or write a design on the back of a slate, which will go on the chapel roof.

So pop along this Saturday and Sunday between 11am-4pm. – All proceeds go towards supporting the Friends of Royal Victoria Country Park.

We've got some beautifully decorated slates for the Chapel roof from Jake and Amy! Make sure you come down to Raise the ...
17/07/2017

We've got some beautifully decorated slates for the Chapel roof from Jake and Amy! Make sure you come down to Raise the Roof! this weekend and become part of history! If you can't make it, you can donate via the Friends Just Giving page: http://bit.ly/2teqDEc

Sponsor a slate on the Royal Victoria Chapel! For just £5, you can make your own design, just like Tara Tomley has for h...
12/07/2017

Sponsor a slate on the Royal Victoria Chapel!

For just £5, you can make your own design, just like Tara Tomley has for her family. This tile will be one of the many making the new roof of the chapel, which we hope will last for the next part of the chapel’s history.

If you can’t make our Raise the Roof tile events, you can donate via the Friends Just Giving page: http://bit.ly/2teqDEc

Raise the Roof!
10/07/2017

Raise the Roof!

Raise The Roof! A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME opportunity to leave your own personal mark on the chapel restoration project.We’re...
08/07/2017

Raise The Roof!

A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME opportunity to leave your own personal mark on the chapel restoration project.

We’re putting a new roof on the chapel and you can help us fundraise by Sponsoring a roof Slate!

Join us outside the Chapel on 22nd and 23rd July 10am-4pm to decorate a roof slate. Write your name/draw a picture or just sponsor a roof slate for only £4.00 (or 5 for £20) All funds raised will go to the Friends of the Royal Victoria Country Park and support this important conservation project.

Be part of the Chapel's future! As part of the £3.1 million project to restore the Royal Victoria Chapel, we will be rep...
07/07/2017

Be part of the Chapel's future!

As part of the £3.1 million project to restore the Royal Victoria Chapel, we will be replacing the old roof with a new slate roof. We hope this will last another century or two! Want to be part of this exciting project? Keep following this page to find out more...

Royal Victoria Country Park
06/07/2017

Royal Victoria Country Park

Last week, this bird cage scaffold went up in the Royal Victoria Chapel. This scaffold will allow our architects and conservation team access to carry out repairs and restoration to the original Victorian ceiling.

The project is due to be completed next Summer – we can’t wait to reopen!

The chapel looking glorious in the sun! Share your photos of the chapel with us.
19/06/2017

The chapel looking glorious in the sun! Share your photos of the chapel with us.

A sunset view of our glorious chapel by Martin Curtis. Keep sending us your photos, we love seeing them.
05/06/2017

A sunset view of our glorious chapel by Martin Curtis. Keep sending us your photos, we love seeing them.

The Chapel through the mist! Thank you Ken Skinner for this great photo. Keep on sharing your pictures with us!
31/05/2017

The Chapel through the mist! Thank you Ken Skinner for this great photo. Keep on sharing your pictures with us!

The Chapel is a wonderful sight, especially when the sun is shining! Thank you to Laurena House for this lovely photo. K...
25/05/2017

The Chapel is a wonderful sight, especially when the sun is shining! Thank you to Laurena House for this lovely photo. Keep them coming.

One of our visitors has shared with us this wonderful picture of her father, Rhydwn Garth Morgan from Aberdare. Rhydwn c...
19/05/2017

One of our visitors has shared with us this wonderful picture of her father, Rhydwn Garth Morgan from Aberdare. Rhydwn convalesced at Netley hospital in 1946. The Chapel has an important place in many families, so keep sharing your stories with us.

Look at this fantastic view of the Chapel, taken by Derek Maggs. Keep sharing your photos with us, we've had some brilli...
19/05/2017

Look at this fantastic view of the Chapel, taken by Derek Maggs. Keep sharing your photos with us, we've had some brilliant ones so far.

Catch up on the latest news about our improvements to the chapel on our blog, and the interesting historical artifacts w...
16/05/2017
Blasts from the past – a special chair, a coke can and the YMCA

Catch up on the latest news about our improvements to the chapel on our blog, and the interesting historical artifacts we've found along the way!

Since the last blog, we’ve had quite a few developments with the chapel project and our wider park improvements. I’ve broken this blog up into several parts as so much has happened. Also, if you haven’t seen my latest TV interview, take a look and you’ll be able to see inside the chapel.

Another beautiful photo of Royal Victoria Chapel, this one was taken by Lori Lowe. Keep sending us your pictures, we lov...
16/05/2017

Another beautiful photo of Royal Victoria Chapel, this one was taken by Lori Lowe. Keep sending us your pictures, we love seeing them!

We love being sent your pictures of the chapel! Look at this spectacular photo taken by SJ Pick.
16/05/2017

We love being sent your pictures of the chapel! Look at this spectacular photo taken by SJ Pick.

Keep up to date with the latest news from our exciting project to restore this historical chapel, including conservation...
15/05/2017
Countryside news

Keep up to date with the latest news from our exciting project to restore this historical chapel, including conservation work to the original façade, and a new pavilion to the side of the chapel providing facilities for the chapel to host music and cultural events.

Since the last blog, we’ve had quite a few developments with the chapel project and our wider park improvements. I’ve broken this blog up into several parts as so much has happened. Also, if you haven’t seen my latest TV interview, take a look and you’ll be able to see inside the chapel.

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Netley Abbey
Southampton
SO31 5DQ

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:30 - 17:00
Saturday 10:30 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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+442380605102

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The Royal Victoria Military Hospital was commissioned by Queen Victoria, who laid the foundation stone at the site in Netley in May 1856. The hospital opened in 1863 and parts of the site remained open until 1978. During this 115-year history, thousands of sick and wounded servicemen from conflicts across the British Empire and both World Wars came to Netley for treatment and recuperation. For a time, the hospital was also home to the Army Medical School and saw many significant developments in medical treatments.

All that remains today of the main hospital building is the Royal Victoria Chapel, which houses a museum with artefacts and exhibitions telling the story of this fascinating site and the people who worked and were treated there.

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Volunteers and staff from National Lottery Heritage Fund supported Crofton Beam Engines are looking forward to joining the team at Royal Victoria Chapel for today's reciprocal visit and learning all about your amazing project!
Live broadcast from the Royal Victoria Chapel NOW - BBC Radio Solent 6am-9am!
Help revive a theatrical tradition at Royal Victoria Country Park! From WW1, the YMCA had a recreation hut at Netley which was used by visiting theatrical companies to entertain staff and patients of the hospital. This bank holiday, you can help revive the tradition by coming to a WW1 themed play 'Bully Beef and Whizzbangs' in the fomer YMCA building in the Park. Full details and ticket sales from the What's On page on our website: https://www.hants.gov.uk/rvcp
Myself and our week old baby girl Florence at the park this afternoon. We have named her after Florence Nightingale who as we all know played a major role in the medical treatment etc at the hospital.
Great raise the roof idea. My daughter loved painting/drawing today
Another photo of mine of the chapel. Please feel free to share.
Beautiful
Here's a different view...
Do you know whether the Chapel is open this weekend for the Heritage Day, please?
This very special place holds very dear to me 😊