NHS 75 Week Kicks Off

Today we kick off the celebrations for the #NHS75th birthday across University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB)

We have lots of amazing things happening during the week.

Medical Museum Exhibition

To mark the 75th Birthday of the NHS, Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity is opening a pop-up museum to celebrate the local history of our NHS.

The pop-up exhibition provides a small glimpse into the rich history the NHS has in Derbyshire and Staffordshire.  It is an opportunity to see part of the vital work that the Library and Knowledge Service of UHDB, Air Arts, and Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity play in supporting our local NHS services in the provision of exceptional care for patients and their families and communities.

The exhibition will display a wide range of artefacts, usually housed across our sites, and shared with patients at their bedsides.  The objects include historical medical equipment works of art, The ivory ceremonial hammer and spirit level used by Queen Victoria to lay the foundation stone of the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary a proceedings book from 1803 featuring notable Derby dignitaries, items relating to military nursing including a nurse’s tippet from the Crimean war, items relating to Florence Nightingale, a visitors’ book signed by both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.

The museum will be located outside the main entrance of Royal Derby Hospital from 4 – 7th July.

Sculptures Installed

Five sculptures have also been commissioned using funds from the heritage lottery.  Created by Derbyshire sculptor Miles Halpin and inspired by the UHDB Medical Museum collection, the work celebrates the Trusts diversity and symbolizes the commonwealth countries who have played a vital role in the workforce since the beginning of the NHS. Included in the work are words from UHDB staff illustrating what it means to be part of an organisation which is so much a part of all our lives.

These artworks will be revealed across hospital sites throughout the day on the 5th July

Florence Nightingale Community Hospital – 12.45 (location tbc)

Sir Robert Peel – Main Entrance towards the back -1pm

Samuel Johnson Community Hospital – Minor Injury Unit entrance -2.25pm 

Queen’s Hospital Burton -Past WHSmith towards Xray – 3pm

Royal Derby Hospital – tbc

A limited-edition book and a special musical recording will both be on sale to accompany the exhibition.  Both feature the words and feelings of UHDB staff through poetry, music, artwork and photography, charting the recent history of the NHS our lives through the Covid Pandemic.

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Celebrating NHS 75 with team UHDB – Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity | Visufund

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