Kindersley Plaques

David Kindersley,  the famous stone letter-carver and typeface designer, as well as designing the Kindersley typeface used on the street signs of Cambridge, was also commissioned to design an alphabet for use in the ‘new’ Addenbrooke’s. The alphabet was to have lower and upper case lettering and was used for internal and external signs.  The letters were to be in …

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The first surgeons and physicians

When Addenbrooke’s first opened in 1766 it had three physicians and three surgeons.  The posts were Honorary and they were elected to the post by the Governors of the Hospital. Surgeons were in general practice at the time as there were not that many surgical procedures available then.  The surgeons were Richard Hayles, Allan Hopkins …

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Addenbrooke’s’ first open-heart operation

On the 10 January 1975 Addenbrooke’s first open-heart operation took place. The operation was on a 15 year old boy and was the first of six planned at Addenbrooke’s. The previous year the Hospitals Medical Committee had set up a programme to provide experience and training in open-heart surgery for medical, nursing and other staff. …

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