Heritage Trail brings hidden history to life 

01/10/2013 00:00 
UCLH has a rich past which - until now - has been largely hidden in the basement of its headquarters at 250 Euston Road.
 

Thanks to a generous grant from UCLH Charity, our arts and heritage team have created a Heritage Trail so that patients, visitors and staff can see how UCLH has grown into the large and successful institution that it is today
 
Annie Lindsay, Trust Archivist, said: ”This is something that a number of people have wanted to do for sometime and they've asked: 'Why can’t we have a museum to show and celebrate all our history?'”


 
Burroughs Wellcome ‘Tabloid’ first aid kit. Includes iodine, bismuth and soda and ‘empirin’; quinine bisulphate


The Trail comprises images and objects focusing on eight themes: nursing; patients; medical education; medicine; surgery; charity; hospital and conflict and buildings.  There is a leaflet to accompany the trail.
 
The permanent display of showcases, panels and tiles can be seen on the ground, first, second and third floors of the podium at University College Hospital. There are also stained glass windows in the lift lobbies at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing.


 
Conversation tube. The speaker talks into the funnel end and the sound carries along the tube to the ear piece


Guy Noble, Arts Curator, said: “There are so many fascinating stories and objects that Annie and I have discovered in our research. For example, a page within a death register from The Middlesex Hospital makes for some moving reading, as it records a number of deaths from the cholera epidemic of 1854. It’s fantastic to be able show staff and the public some of these items.”
 
The Heritage Trail makes the hospital environment a brighter and more interesting place to be, no matter who you are!

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