Celebrating the history of Frenchay Hospital

Monday, 8 February 2010

North Bristol NHS Trust is unveiling a very special exhibition of artwork, commemorating the history of Frenchay Hospital, on Monday, February 8 2010.
It will be based in the main ‘front ramp’ corridor - one of the busiest, and longest, corridors in the hospital, used by hundreds of patients, staff and visitors every day.
Created by local artist Clair Underhill, the Frenchay Heritage Corridor features graphic panels looking at different aspects of the hospital through the decades - from the 1930s to the present day.
Clair worked with patients and staff (both former and current) in putting together the exhibition that includes photographs, poetry, interviews and jewellery made by patients.
To complement the actual exhibition, a specially commissioned film has been produced by local filmmaker Rob Creet, showing in the Redwood Restaurant - just opposite the main corridor - from Monday.
Sonia Mills, Chief Executive of North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “ Almost everyone in the local area has used - or knows someone that has used - Frenchay in the last 60 years.
“Therefore we wanted to create something that celebrates the history of the hospital whilst looking to the future as it - and the NHS locally - goes through a period of transition and change.”

Clair Underhill said: “This has been a great project to work on. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to take part.”
The Heritage Corridor Project has been managed by Fresh Arts - the arts programme for North Bristol NHS Trust - and funded by charitable funds.