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Woolmanhill redevelopment

Woolmanhill Hospital, Aberdeen. The neo-classical style building was designed in the 1830s by Archibald Simpson. Photographed in 2010 © Copyright Bob Embleton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence Back in February this year, the local press relayed proposals to transform Woolmanhill Hospital, … Continue reading

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Bristol Lunatic Asylum, now the Glenside Campus of UWE

Glenside Hospital as it was in 1992 ,  © H. Richardson For nearly twenty years now the faculty of Health and Applied Sciences of the University of the West of England has occupied the old Bristol Lunatic Asylum. The asylum, latterly … Continue reading

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Galashiels Cottage Hospital

The future of the former Galashiels Cottage Hospital seems to be uncertain once again. When the Borders District General Hospital opened at Melrose in 1988, it had been intended that the cottage hospitals at Galashiels and Selkirk should close permanently, … Continue reading

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Holloway Sanatorium – garish or gorgeous?

Holloway Sanatorium was in a parlous state when we visited it in about 1992 as part of the RCHME Hospitals Project. Although the process of decay was sad to see, the stunning interior decoration was still impressive. In 1997-8 the … Continue reading

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Oldmill Military Hospital (now Woodend Hospital) Aberdeen

A Face in the Crowd Postcard of Woodend Hospital dating from the First World War when it had been taken over as a military hospital. The card shows a concert being given in front of the main entrance block. Woodend … Continue reading

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The Asylum at Christmas

Celebrating Christmas with entertainments and a special dinner was introduced into the workhouse and even prisons before it was provided in pauper lunatic asylums. It only seems to have become widespread from about the 1850s. Entertainment to the patients at the … Continue reading

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The Hospitals Investigator 8

The eighth newsletter that Robert Taylor produced from the RCHME Cambridge office was written almost exactly 23 years ago, in November 1992. I was delighted to hear from Robert recently, and to receive his blessing for reproducing his work here. It … Continue reading

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