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Ancoats Dispensary 100 Blog21 November, 2014 marked the beginning of a 100-day countdown to save the Grade II listed Ardwick and Ancoats Dispensary from demolition. Ancoats Dispensary Trust must raise £55000 during this period in order to unlock a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

 

The Creating Our Future Histories team has launched a blog which will run alongside this campaign, A History of Ancoats Dispensary in 100 Objects. The team hopes that the blog will raise public awareness of the appeal and will highlight the rich architectural, artistic, medical, and social history of Ancoats Dispensary —a heritage which will lose its physical roots if the building is demolished. The blog is also a virtual space where members of the community can share their own memories and souvenirs of Ancoats Dispensary.

 

Each day during the campaign, a new post will be published on the blog. Each post centres on an object which has relevance to the history of Ancoats Dispensary. The blog explores well recognised aspects of Ancoats Dispensary such as L.S. Lowry’s Ancoats Hospital Outpatients’ Hall. But the blog also brings to light stories which have long been hidden in the archives. The blog has revealed that x-rays were pioneered by a physician at Ancoats Hospital, that nineteenth-century patients were routinely treated with leeches, and that an Ancoats Hospital surgeon operated on goalkeeper Jack Crompton mere days before he played for Manchester United in the 1948 FA Cup Final (and won!).

 

Some of our posts have struck a chord with readers. Individuals who knew the institution as members of staff or patients have shared their memories in comments. We would like to see much more of this sharing as personal testimonies from those who were there are incredibly compelling. And, with eighty days yet to go, there are many more tales waiting to be uncovered.

 

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Some of the objects which have been featured on the blog. From left to right: the Royal Osborne Theatre, medical leech, FA Cup Final ticket, Ordnance Survey map, and the Dr. Alfred Ernest Barclay medal.

 

 

December 17th, 2014 - 11:04am

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