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Dorset County Hospital Gets Ready To Celebrate Its 175th Birthday

Sir Frederick Treves

8:58am 11th December 2014

Next year Dorset County Hospital is marking their 175th anniversary by holding a series projects to celebrate the landmark year.

They're working with Dorset History Centre and Dorchester Museum to stage an exhibition and put on music and oral history projects to capture the memories of patients and staff, past and present.

Volunteers are also being sought to help.

Maria Gayton from the Dorset History Centre told Wessex FM: "It is hoped that both patients and staff will choose to share their stories, or to train in the collection of recordings."

"So, if you were one of the first babies born at the new site; had riotous times in the nurses' home; developed a new medical technique or perhaps had your life saved by emergency treatment, please get in touch and add your name to those with a memory to share."

"If you would prefer to be on the other side of the microphone, training will be provided in how to collect archive quality recordings."

The first Dorset County Hospital was opened in Dorchester in 1840.

Pictured here is Sir Frederick Treves, born in Dorchester in 1853, famed for his care of Joseph Merrick, aka John Merrick (The Elephant Man).

Treves opened a new operating room at the hospital in 1903.

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