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Infirmary Medical Museum to Hold Open Day

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The Infirmary – the medical museum located at the University of Worcester’s City Campus - is hosting another of its popular open days this Saturday, August 10.

The action-packed event will include guided tours of the museum, craft activities and expert talks on Battlefield Surgery during the Boer War.

The talks will be delivered by Stan Timbrell of historical recreation experts Quintains and Coronals, and will focus on Lieutenant Colonel Goddard, a surgeon who operated on wounded soldiers during the Boer War and First World War as a medical officer with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Visitors to the Infirmary can see Lieutenant Colonel Goddard’s dress uniform and battlefield surgery kit. The museum’s Learning and Access Officer, Carol Bowsher, believes that the event will paint a vivid picture of battlefield surgery for visitors.

“We are all looking forward to the talk on the Boer War as we have the Goddard collection on display here at the Infirmary,” she says.

“It will be interesting to hear about what the conditions were like back then.”

Mr Timbrell will deliver two talks – one at 2pm and the second at 3pm. Tours will also be available for visitors at 11am and 12noon.

Since the venue, previously one of England’s oldest infirmaries, reopened as an interactive museum, the tours have proved popular with locals.

The Infirmary’s Kerry Whitehouse says: “The tours have been great – we’ve enjoyed going around the building with a number of different groups, many of which have included people who remembered being treated here, or were working professionals.

“They have all shared their experience of their time in the building.”

During Saturday afternoon, the museum is also running a craft workshop, at which children aged six and over can make ‘Bandage Buddies’.

The open day gets underway at 11am, with admission free and a small charge applicable for craft activities and demonstrations. There is a café on site, and parking is available at Pitchcroft, or on site for blue badge holders only.