2017 is a year of celebration at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital!
It's our bicentenary birthday; two hundred years since the founding of our hospital in 1817. A lot has changed in two hundred years, but we're still committed to relieving pain and changing lives.
Where did it all begin?
In the late 18th century and early 19th century, Birmingham was expanding rapidly and the population suffered considerable medical and social problems. In this expanding city, there was no care for people with bone and joint problems. In June,1817, a committee chaired by the Earl of Dartmouth was established to provide a 'general institution for the relief of persons labouring under bodily deformity'. The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital was born!
On Saturday 8 July we're having a summer fete to celebrate our bicentenary. We'd love for you to come and join in the fun!
Date: Saturday 8th July
Time: 10am - 2pm
Location: The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Bristol Road South, Northfield, Birmingham. B31 2AP (link to Google maps)
Entry price: FREE (with a mix of free and paid-for activities)
- Bouncy castle
- Kids craft table
- Kids Woodland trail
- Face painting
- Cake baking competition - download the rules here
- Ceremonial balloon launch (12 noon)
- Book sale
- Expert back pain advice
- Free hand massage
- And more!
Heritage exhibition and talks
Hospital heritage exhibition | Open 10am – 2pm in the Knowledge Hub
Come and see some interesting pieces from our archive and follow our 200 year timeline.
Hospital history talks | 1am – 2pm in the Knowledge Hub
Come and listen to a range of short talks detailing different aspects of the hospital's 200 year history.
- 'The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital 1817 to 2017', Mr Andrew Thomas (1:05pm)
- 'Our history of Nursing' Mrs Stella Noon (1:30pm)
- 'Physiotherapy at ROH' Ms Sarah Bazin (1:40pm)
- 'The bombing of ROH' Mrs Margaret Scott (1:50pm)
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