British Medical Association Members Retrace History with Special Visit

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Representatives from three local divisions of the British Medical Association made an historic visit to the boardroom where the Association was established in 1832.

The BMA, or Provincial Medical and Surgical Association as it was originally known, was founded by Sir Charles Hastings and colleagues in the Boardroom of the former Worcester Royal Infirmary, which now forms part of the University of Worcester’s City Campus.

Members of the Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire divisions of the BMA were invited to visit the refurbished boardroom, which now proudly boasts the original portraits, which have been returned thanks to a generous loan from the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust.

The visit was part of a wider project to open a new medical exhibition at the University’s City Campus, celebrating its history as a hospital. The exhibition, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will open this summer.

Exhibition curator Catriona Smellie said: “It was wonderful to be able to invite current members of the BMA back to the boardroom where the Association was founded almost 200 years ago. The guests all seemed impressed with the refurbishment and excited about the new exhibition we are creating.”

The exhibition will include artefacts from the former Infirmary and across Worcestershire, as well as celebrating the history of the site. There will be an emphasis on education and participation, with activities to get schoolchildren and members of the public involved.

The current George Marshall Medical Museum at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital will remain open, displaying further exhibitions of the City’s medical past.