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Hospital artefacts collected in university project

The University of Brighton is working with the Royal Sussex County Hospital, The Keep and the Royal Pavilion and Museums to collect artefacts and oral histories for future generations.

The Royal Sussex County Hospital’s 189-year-old building is currently undergoing a £500m rebuild, and artefacts and anecdotes are being collected in a two-year project, recently given £50,400 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The money will go towards a heritage officer and oral historian to work on the project.

Sam Carroll, research centre administrator in the University of Brighton’s Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories, said: “Speaking with current and former staff members from every department at the hospital we realised they have a lot of artefacts lying round their homes and offices. For instance, one has a prototype heart pacemaker. “People are only too pleased to have items included in this history project. And there are many who have interesting stories and anecdotes to tell.” These will form the core of a number of presentations and displays for staff, patients and visitors to the hospital. Talks and events to illustrate and share information about the findings of the heritage project will take place both at the hospital and with partner organisations across the city so a wider audience can be reached. A selection of handling materials will be taken onto the wards for those too unwell to attend the displays.

Read more on the Brighton and Hove Independent website.

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Lizzie Amati • September 20, 2017

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