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Introduction to hospital archives

Date: Thursday 30th September 2021

Time: 2.30-3.30pm

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Silver Salisbury Event: Lesley Self from ArtCare, at Salisbury District Hospital, introduces the historical archives held at the hospital

During an interactive presentation you will get to know the historic collection which ranges from the 1760s to present day. Photographs, documents, books, instruments, objects and stories relating to General Infirmary to Odstock Hospital and many other sites around Salisbury - The artefacts and archives provide a fascinating insight, not only into medicine and healthcare but social history of the city for the past 250 years.

This event is part of the Silver Salisbury programme to celebrate international older people's day, on 1st of October each year. It’s full of things that older people are involved in, contribute to and enjoy. There are activities to support people in maintaining their independence and opportunities for those who’d like to be getting out and about more but don't know where to start. Silver Salisbury is a chance to try different things, join new groups and make new friends.

Booking for this talk is essential via

Or email tel 01722 336262 ext 5618

Also find out about our historic archives on our stand at this year’s Silver Salisbury event - The Guildhall, Market Place, Salisbury, Saturday 1st October, timings to be confirmed. Drop in and see us there!

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Florence performance

Date: Tuesday 12th May 2020

Time: tbc


To coincide with International Nurses Day, Louise Jordan, local singer songwriter and performer, is making a show to celebrate the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and her connections to Salisbury.

Louise has received Arts Council England funding to make the show and in October 2019 she visited Salisbury District Hospital to talk to current and retired nursing staff about their careers. These discussions will inform her songwriting and the show, which will tour in the spring, will include a special day of performances at Salisbury District Hospital. Exact times and locations to be confirmed.

Louise is an award winning artist who has highly respected reputation for research and presentation. Commissioned by UK Parliament, Dreadnought South West, the V&A Museum & Groninger Museum, Louise has worked with such organisations as the National Trust and University of Oxford to share her approach to opening the history books and sharing hidden women’s histories through song. Find out more about Louise Jordan her on her website.

Find out more about other events and activities celebrating 'Florence 200' at Salisbury District Hospital on our dedicated Salisbury Healthcare History website.

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Medicine for Members lecture

Date: Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Time: 5.30pm

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Medicine for Members lecture - The impact of two world wars on the development of medicine in Salisbury and the rest of the world. Presented by Mr John Carvell, Emeritus Consultant and Lesley Self, ArtCare. Free event. Limited spaces - email if you would like to attend.

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Tales from Salisbury Healthcare History

Date: Saturday 24th August 2019

Time: 1.00-6.00pm

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Talks about our historic hospital archives as part Salisbury History Festival. Free, but ticket required.

ArtCare's Lesley Self will talk about the historical archives held at the hospital. With items in the collection ranging from the 1760s to present day and including the General Infirmary, Odstock Hospital and many other sites around Salisbury. The artefacts and archives provide a fascinating insight into medicine, healthcare and social history of the city for the past 250 years.

Find out more at: including how to get your free event ticket.

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History archives and walk

Date: Thursday 19th September 2019

Time: 1.00-2.00pm

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FREE - lunchtime drop in workshop for hospital staff and volunteers. An introduction to the historical archive focussing on the hospital's role in WW2, followed by a walk around the site to view the locations incl. wartime graffiti.