‘Body and Soul’ at The Infirmary - Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25 August

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As part of the Worcester Festival celebrations, the University of Worcester is holding family open days to welcome visitors to a new exhibition of medical history open to the public from August 21.

The new exhibition, which will be known as The Infirmary, will celebrate the history of the former hospital and will feature fascinating stories about some of the people who worked and were treated there. Visitors to The Infirmary throughout the ‘Body and Soul’ event will have opportunities to participate in a range of fun art and craft activities, as well as medical mystery quizzes and object handling.

Behind-the-scenes tours will be led, mostly by former hospital staff, every day during event times; giving candid insight to what life was like on the wards.

The building and many of the original features have been sympathetically restored by the University. The beautiful Jenny Lind Chapel and the original Board Room can be explored during the week and the former Outpatients’ Department will be open on Saturday.

A fascinating new gallery exploring the medical stories of the Infirmary through the lives of people, as well as local collections and photographs, will also be open to the public for the first time. The displays include some of the objects found during the redevelopment of the site such as postcards. People of all ages can get hands-on with the interactive exhibits, including dressing up in costumes.

The Infirmary exhibition is open 9am-5pm. Family activities and tours are available Tuesday to Friday 2-4pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm. Admission to the gallery is free with small charges for craft activities. On-site refreshments and light lunches are available in the café during the week and until 1pm on Saturday.

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