Context 146 - September 2016

12 C O N T E X T 1 4 6 : S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 6 Worcester’s former hospital and The Hive I had never been toWorcester before and was surprised to find some of its fame – in the board room of the for- mer hospital – as the place where the British Medical Association was founded. I had seen a plaque about Dr John Hall, founder of the Worcester Infirmary in 1746 (and Worcester Porcelain) on his house in Foregate Street. Today the former hospital also houses an excellent interactive medical museum, helping its legacy live on. Sarah Ganderton, writer of a thesis on the hospi- tal, and Carl Jukes, former conservation officer in Worcester, showed us around. Their enthusiasm made the visit memorable. I found the restoration of the Jenny Lind (a Swedish opera singer who raised money for charity) Chapel most encouraging. A large later extension has been removed to open up an elevation and all wires have been hidden in the skirting. We went down into the basement where Jukes asked us for Thursday, 23 June IHBC Annual School Thursday tours Carl Jukes and Sarah Ganderson with delegates outside the former hospital The former hospital with the chapel on the left (Photo: Elizabeth Campbell)

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