Archive for October, 2015

Rare artefacts unearthed by Swansea and Bridgend hospitals

October 3rd, 2015

An interesting article from the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-34089790

Rare finds – including works of art and a trolley used to transfer wounded soldiers in World War One – have been unearthed in Swansea and Bridgend hospitals.

The artefacts came to light after Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health board embarked on a project to catalogue items held in storage.

Some have been stored away for more than a century.

Photo: Test tubes full of seeds from Glanrhyd Hospital

Test tubes full of seeds from Glanrhyd Hospital

Once a digital catalogue is completed, the board wants to put them on display.

It hopes to secure a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the exhibition, which will tell the story of health care in Wales.

As project lead Martin Thomas explained, the idea came about through a chance conversation.

“My day job, so to speak, is manual handling advisor for the board and I was approached about what to do with an old wicker trolley which was getting in the way,” he said.

“When I started to investigate it, I realised that it had been used to transport wounded WW1 soldiers from Clydach train station up to the war memorial hospital.

“It soon became clear that we have hundreds of items like this.”

I wonder what will be unearthed during the search of Whitchurch Hospital?