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Public Invited to Share Opinions on City's New Medical Exhibition

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Members of the public are being invited to share their opinions of a new medical exhibition to open at the University of Worcester’s City Campus.

The exhibition, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will recognise the rich heritage of healthcare in Worcestershire, and will be situated in the buildings of the former Worcester Royal infirmary, where the British Medical Association was founded in 1832.

The exhibition team want to know what ideas, themes and stories members of the public want to see included. This is a unique chance for local residents to shape the design and display of Worcester's fascinating medical heritage.

Claire Jones, learning and access officer for the exhibition, said: “The former Worcester Royal Infirmary is such a valuable part of the City's history that we really wanted the people that live in the City to be a part of the exhibition process. Everyone who lived in Worcester before its closure has memories of it; whether they were treated or worked in the hospital or knew someone that did, or simply passed it on their way into or out of the City. We are very keen to include some of their opinions into the exhibition.”

The focus group will take place at the City Campus site on Wednesday 17th August between 12.30pm and 1.30pm and the exhibition team is looking to consult as many members of the local community as possible.

The exhibition forms part of a £537,000 grant from Heritage Lottery Fund between the University of Worcester and the George Marshall Medical Museum and will be designed by Bristol-based designer, Simon Fenn.

It will include collections of artefacts from the 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.

If you're interested in taking part or require more information, please contact Claire Jones or Catriona Smellie on 01905 542373 or at claire.jones@worc.ac.uk  or c.smellie@worc.ac.uk