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200 years of excellence: Manchester Royal Eye Hospital’s Bicentenary Exhibition opens

Atrium exhibition

A vibrant exhibition to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Royal Eye Hospital opened yesterday.

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital is 200 years old on October 21st of this year, and this exhibition is one of a series of events and commemorations that a team of hospital staff have planned.

Sponsored by Bruntwood, the exhibition was opened by the Chairman of Central Manchester University Hospitals, Mr Peter Mount and Micheal Oglesby, Chairman of property company Bruntwood, sponsors of the exhibition.

Visitors to the Hospital can expect to find a range of diverse artworks designed by Lime Arts, highlighting the changing nature of diagnosing and treating eye conditions through the years. Wall panels will show imagery of cataract surgery from the 19th Century to today, retina images from different cultures, images of the eye, the changing face of the hospital and much more.

Mr Nicholas Jones, Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon and Chair of the bicentenary organising committee said:

"This is a very important year for Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, and I am thrilled to be part of the team organising the Bicentenary of one of the world's most celebrated eye hospitals.

"This striking display will give our patients and visitors a real insight into the history of the hospital, and we hope they find it as fascinating as we do."

Michael Oglesby, Chairman of Bruntwood plc said:

"Bruntwood are delighted to play a part in helping Manchester Royal Eye Hospital celebrate 200 years of excellence. This is a fantastic exhibition that highlights some of the specialist medical and technological achievements that have taken place in Manchester".

David Edwards, Public Governor for Central Manchester Hospitals will also be present at the opening. Excellent and life-changing treatment over a number of years at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital prompted David to stand for election to the Council of Governors.

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Charity has also launched a Bicentenary Appeal, which aims to raise £200,000 to mark every year the Hospital has been serving the public. The 200 for 200 Appeal got off to an excellent start with Michael Owen's London Marathon fundraising last month. Money raised by the appeal will help to make a difference to children's eye service by:

  • MREH200
  • Making the Children's Outpatient Clinic more child and family friendly
  • Provide specialist equipment to improve diagnosis and treatment
  • Support innovative research to lead the way and help future patients

Sarah Naismith, Head of Charities added:

"The hospital has been providing dedicated and specialist care for 200 years. We want to mark this occasion by coming together to make a difference to our future patients and to help the children's eye service to become a world-class leader. I hope lots of people will support this appeal."

In June, Manchester will host 250 professionals, who will attend the MREH200 four day international academic conference organised by the Hospital, with over 100 expert speakers from the field of ophthalmology.

Finally, an Open Day will take place on October 21st, the 200th anniversary, and members of the public will be invited to have tours of the hospital and join in other celebration activities.