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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."