RMCH brings past into the present
The contents of a time capsule uncovered at the former Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital at Pendlebury have been given a new
home. It was discovered in the grounds at the entrance to the
former Zachary Merton building last year and contained a newspaper
from 1805, two newspapers from 12th March1935, annual
reports, old coins, and an invitation to the opening of the Zachary
Merton Convalescent Home on 13th March 1935 which is
when it is believed to have been buried.
Now it is being preserved in a glass case in the new RMCH where
both staff and patients can delve into the past.
An art installation designed by Helen Kitchen of Lime Arts
'Dedication to Nursing' is also on display in RMCH. It was
commissioned by the Nurses' Leagues from both Pendlebury and Booth
Hall children's hospitals and funded through donations from both
Nurses' Leagues and from Charitable Funds. The nurses, mainly
retired, worked with the artist to choose images and design the
layout of the work.
The statuette is Florence Nightingale and the trophy is the
Grace Nield shield presented to the nurses by the New Zealand
Registered Nurses' Association in 1953. The digital slideshow
display includes hospital archive images and some photographs from
the personal collections of the nurses.
Alwyn Hughes, Divisional Director of the Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital, said: "It is important to recognise the
significant contribution our former hospitals made when shaping the
future of healthcare for children in Manchester and beyond. It is a
fitting tribute that we now have two major pieces of art reflecting
our history displayed in our new hospital which recently celebrated
its second birthday."