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Building, Unbuilding, Rebuilding the NHS: A Heritage Study Day

16 March - 16 March 2019

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Building, Unbuilding, Rebuilding the NHS: A Heritage Study Day

16 March - 16 March 2019

This study day brings together papers and contributions from historians, campaigners, Friends groups, and people who are interested in – and care about – how the specific architecture, construction, and removal of hospital buildings has shaped public perceptions of Britain’s National Health Service over time. 

"Higher than the handsomest hotel.

The lucent comb shows up for miles"

Philip Larkin, The Building (1972)

Hospital buildings are a ubiquitous feature of British daily life, regularly seen by commuters, patients, staff, and members of local communities.  Yet these buildings are not just bricks and mortar, but rather are imbued with meaning and emotion.  For local volunteers, historic hospital buildings – often built in the Victorian era – can represent a caring connection between the NHS and local publics.  For staff and patients, the smells and sounds of hospital buildings may have changed over time, and inherited architecture may cause challenges for daily work, or fond attachment.  For campaigners and locals, the closures of hospital buildings, their ‘modernisation’, or their repurposing, stereotypically as luxury flats, can cause controversy and despair, but also community empowerment.

This  workshop spends the day bringing together papers and contributions from historians, campaigners, Friends groups, and people who are interested in – and care about – how the specific architecture, construction, and removal of hospital buildings has shaped public perceptions of Britain’s National Health Service over time.  Papers will reflect on hospital closures, re-openings, and long-standing hospitals, and on their sights, sounds, smells, and construction.  We will discuss the material culture of hospitals, and the memories which they evoke, or change. 

The day will also include a tour of the Black Country Living Museum, which reconstructs, restores, and repurposes historic buildings, and which is in the process of developing the story of a 1950s Infant Welfare Clinic.

We very much welcome all attendees, and particularly those who have memories or views about local hospitals or general practice surgeries, which we would love to hear.

Programme & Bookings

This is a Heritage Explorer Study Days, part of the   IgnitEd Programme

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Book online   or call our Bookings Team on 0121 520 8054 (Mon-Fri, 10am -4pm)*

*An admin fee of £3 is charged should you wish to have your tickets printed and posted rather than email.

Time: 9am - 4pm

Maximum Places: 15

Cost: £18 per person includes car parking, refreshments and lunch voucher.

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