As I am sure most of you are aware last year was the 250th Anniversary of the opening of Addenbrooke’s on its original site on Trumpington Street. To mark this we created a permanent exhibition of artefacts and material from the archives. The ‘museum’ is on the corridor leading from the concourse to the Rosie Hospital and is open all the time for visitors to see.
The main Hospital Archives are located on Level 1 of the main hospital and are open by appointment only. The type of material held includes: minute books, annual reports, patient records, photographs, publications, ephemera and artefacts.
The artefacts and instruments, due to lack of space in the strongroom and also as they do not need to be stored in the thematically controlled atmosphere needed for paper material, are held off site and therefore are not accessible to be viewed or used for research.
So to celebrate the 250th year of Addenbrooke’s this project has been developed and has resulted in a selection of the material and artefacts held in the archives being on permanent public display for the first time.
Cambridge 105 interviewed Hilary Ritchie the Hospital Archivist about the museum the day it opened in 2016.
Cambridge 105 interview with chief executive Roland Sinker.
Cambridge 105 interview with children from St Philips Primary School and Addenbrooke’s Head of Arts Damian Hebron