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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On This Day In HistoryThese two photographs were taken in the Red Cross Hospital at Netley on 11th November 1918.  "Is i...
11/11/2020

On This Day In History

These two photographs were taken in the Red Cross Hospital at Netley on 11th November 1918. "Is it really true?" the caption asks. It must have been hard to believe after 4 years of war.

Today especially, we remember all of those who have served and sacrificed so much for our peace.

#remembranceday #remembranceday2020 #remembrance #WW1

On This Day In History: Wilhelm Rontgen's discovery of X-Rays, 8th November 1895.
09/11/2020

On This Day In History: Wilhelm Rontgen's discovery of X-Rays, 8th November 1895.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down ...
08/11/2020

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Please follow the link below to Hound Parish Council's pre-recorded service to mark Remembrance Day, which will be avail...
05/11/2020

Please follow the link below to Hound Parish Council's pre-recorded service to mark Remembrance Day, which will be available this Sunday, 8th November.

This Sunday, to mark Remembrance Day, there will be a pre-recorded Service on our YouTube channel - www.youtube.houndparishcouncil.gov.uk in real time, so that the two-minute silence falls at 11.00 AM.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, it was decided the safest way (following social distancing) to continue to remember and honour all those who made the ultimate sacrifice, was to record representatives laying their wreaths and this was done over the past couple of weekends.

The Parish Council would like to extend particular thanks to Councillors Phil Williams, Maureen Queen and Rachael Ives who have organised and driven this project, and arranged for representatives and members from the Armed Forces, the local councils, MPs, the Mayor of Eastleigh, members from the church, Hampshire Police and Fire Service and local scout and guide groups the opportunity to pay their respects.

Covid-19 update:The Chapel will be closed to visitors from Thursday 5th November. The Park Shop will also be closed, but...
04/11/2020
New National Restrictions from 5 November

Covid-19 update:

The Chapel will be closed to visitors from Thursday 5th November. The Park Shop will also be closed, but taking over-the-phone enquiries. Online sales will also be available. The main Park Café will be open, providing a takeaway service only.

The car parks (with normal charges), toilets, play areas and dog wash will remain open.

We are strictly adhering to the latest Government guidance.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

On Tuesday 3rd November 1914, the Welsh Hospital at Netley received its first patients.  This was one of three temporary...
03/11/2020

On Tuesday 3rd November 1914, the Welsh Hospital at Netley received its first patients. This was one of three temporary hutted hospitals at the site, along with the Red Cross Hospital (opened 17th October 1914) and Irish Hospital (opened March 1915). Between them, they doubled the accommodation available on site for the duration of the First World War.

The Welsh Hospital was offered to the Army by the Prince of Wales on behalf of the people of Wales. The first appeal to raise money to fund the hospital began in the autumn of 1914 and raised a remarkable £28,000! This covered the construction of the site, all its equipment and maintenance for the first year. Further fundraising continued through the war years.

Over the course of the First World War, the Welsh hospital is thought to have treated over 6,000 patients, among them the War Poet Wilfred Owen.

So, who watched 'Who Do You Think You Are' last night? Wasn't it great to see Jodie Whittaker at the Park and to find ou...
13/10/2020

So, who watched 'Who Do You Think You Are' last night? Wasn't it great to see Jodie Whittaker at the Park and to find out about her Great Uncle Walter and his connection with the Royal Victoria Hospital!

We love collecting stories of people who worked or were treated at the hospital, so if you have a relative you can tell us about, please get in touch - email our Heritage & Education Officer, Ursula Pearce, on [email protected] or collect a form from the Chapel.

#WhoDoYouThinkYouAre #family #familyhistory

Congratulations to Marissarexi (Instagram), Martin Rowe and Emma Horsfall, the three lucky winners of a Royal Victoria C...
12/10/2020
BBC One - Who Do You Think You Are?, Series 17, Trailer: Who Do You Think You Are? Series 17

Congratulations to Marissarexi (Instagram), Martin Rowe and Emma Horsfall, the three lucky winners of a Royal Victoria Chapel souvenir guidebook signed by Dr Who star, Jodie Whittaker! Please email [email protected] and we will be in touch to arrange collection/delivery of your prize.

Don't forget to tune in to BBC1 at 9pm tonight (12th October) to watch 'Who Do You Think You Are' with Jodie Whittaker, which was partly filmed at the Royal Victoria Chapel and the Country Park. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08td41k

#WhoDoYouThinkYouAre #DoctorWho #TheDoctor #Winners

The Bafta award-winning series returns to BBC One and iPlayer.

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED!  Thank you to the 50 people across all our social media platforms who entered.  We'll be announc...
12/10/2020

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED! Thank you to the 50 people across all our social media platforms who entered. We'll be announcing the 3 lucky winners at 5pm this evening.

Don't forget to tune in to BBC 1 at 9pm this evening (12th October) to find out about Jodie Whittaker's family connection to the Royal Victoria Hospital here at Netley!

Dr Who Competition Time!  Dr Who star, Jodie Whittaker, visited the Chapel in February to film for an episode of Who Do ...
09/10/2020

Dr Who Competition Time!

Dr Who star, Jodie Whittaker, visited the Chapel in February to film for an episode of Who Do You Think You Are. Now we're giving you the chance to win a copy of our souvenir guidebook signed by the Doctor herself!

Competition question: How many square feet of space do you get to explore on the 3D virtual tour of the Chapel? Visit the 'Discover the History' pages of our website to find out.

Write your answer in the comments box below to enter the prize draw. Three lucky winners will get a copy of our souvenir guidebook signed by Dr Who star, Jodie Whittaker. Entries close at midday on Monday 12th October. Winners will be selected at random from correct entries and announced at 5pm on Monday 12th October.

Good luck!

Now we're in October, we've moved to our winter opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am - 4pm.The ground floor exhib...
01/10/2020

Now we're in October, we've moved to our winter opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am - 4pm.
The ground floor exhibitions are open and we ask visitors to follow current guidelines by wearing a face covering (unless exempt) and providing information for the Test & Trace process.
The café kiosk is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am - 3.30pm for takeaway hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Dr Who star, Jodie Whittaker, visited the Chapel and Park pre-lockdown to film for Series 17 of Who Do You Think You Are...
27/09/2020

Dr Who star, Jodie Whittaker, visited the Chapel and Park pre-lockdown to film for Series 17 of Who Do You Think You Are! Does the Doctor have a connection with the Royal Victoria Hospital? Find out, when the series starts in October. #DoctorWho #TheDoctor #JodieWhittaker #WDYTYA #WhoDoYouThinkYouAre

23/09/2020
Hampshire County Council

See below for information regarding the NHS COVID-19 app.

We are currently offering indoor catering at Lepe Country Park, Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve, Staunton Farm and Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

If you visit one of our venues, such as our country parks or libraries, you’ll see QR posters on display. From midnight tonight you can download the NHS COVID-19 app from the App Store or Google Play Store and use it to scan these QR posters, letting you quickly and easily check in to our venues. With the app you can also report symptoms and order a coronavirus test, and it helps the NHS trace individuals that have coronavirus.
Watch the video to learn more and see https://covid19.nhs.uk/

On This Day In History!16th September 1966This date in 1966, saw the arrival of bulldozers at Netley and the start of th...
16/09/2020

On This Day In History!
16th September 1966

This date in 1966, saw the arrival of bulldozers at Netley and the start of the demolition of the hospital building. The hospital had closed in 1958, partly because of the high cost of maintaining the building. It remained silent and unused for several years. When one wing was badly damaged in a fire in June 1963 and the building sustained further damage when pipes froze and burst the following winter, the decision was made to demolish it. Only the Chapel was spared and stands today as a monument to the hospital and the many thousands who worked and were treated there.

As part of Heritage Open Days, we're inviting you to visit the Park with sketch book, easel or camera, find a hidden spo...
14/09/2020

As part of Heritage Open Days, we're inviting you to visit the Park with sketch book, easel or camera, find a hidden spot and create a piece of artwork with your favourite picture of nature.

Bring your artwork to the Chapel on Friday 18th September for it to be displayed in a free exhibition on 19th/20th September. Maximum size A4.

The Park Cafe is open daily and the Chapel kiosk open Tuesday-Sunday, so why not make a day of it?

Please maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

Especially for 3-6 year olds!  Hidden Nature Treasure Hunt.Collect a scavenger bag from the Park Shop or Chapel and fill...
13/09/2020

Especially for 3-6 year olds! Hidden Nature Treasure Hunt.

Collect a scavenger bag from the Park Shop or Chapel and fill it with 8 autumn nature treasures 🍂 What hidden nature will you discover? Look and listen for 🐦 and 🐿 as you ramble through the 🌲🌳

Trail runs until Sunday 20th September, 10.30am-4pm.
Please maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

Free activity for a sunny Sunday at the Park!Complete our Hidden Tree Trail.  Collect a free trail sheet from the Park S...
12/09/2020

Free activity for a sunny Sunday at the Park!

Complete our Hidden Tree Trail. Collect a free trail sheet from the Park Shop or Chapel. Use the map to find the 🌲🌳 and do a bark rubbing.

Trail available until Sunday 20th September, 10.30am-4pm. Please maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

Heritage Open Days: GPS Treasure Hunt!Collect a free trail sheet with the the co-ordinates and a map from the Park Shop ...
12/09/2020

Heritage Open Days: GPS Treasure Hunt!

Collect a free trail sheet with the the co-ordinates and a map from the Park Shop or Chapel. Find the locations to collect the hidden letter. Once you have the secret word, collect your prize!

Trail available until Sunday 20th September, 10.30am-4pm. Please maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

It should be a dry weekend, so why not take part in one of our free trails to mark Heritage Open Days 2020!We have three...
11/09/2020

It should be a dry weekend, so why not take part in one of our free trails to mark Heritage Open Days 2020!

We have three for you to choose from: Hidden History, Hidden Trees and Hidden Nature. More information about all the trails is on the events page and you can collect your trail sheets from the Park Shop or Chapel.

Please maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

On This Day In History!Saturday 11th September 1915 saw the opening of the first YMCA hut at the Royal Victoria Hospital...
11/09/2020

On This Day In History!

Saturday 11th September 1915 saw the opening of the first YMCA hut at the Royal Victoria Hospital for use by patients and staff. This hut stood at 90° to the current building, which was built in 1940 to replace it.

During WW1, the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) was very active, providing soldiers behind the front lines with refreshments, rest and if requested, spiritual aid, at military camps, hospitals and railway stations. Within days of the start of the war in 1914, the YMCA had established or converted for this use 250 such centres in the UK.

Initially there was nothing at Netley, but, for reasons unknown and at a cost of £600, Mr and Mrs Anson from Bowdon, Cheshire funded the construction of a building at the hospital, which could be used by both patients and staff alike. As the article from the Hampshire Advertiser describes, it had a stage for entertainments and a counter where light refreshments, tobacco and cigarettes could be purchased.

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.

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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 😊