Two nurses operating an iron lung at an exhibition in Charing Cross underground station

8 May 1939
Charing Cross Underground Station, City Of Westminster, Greater London Authority
Photograph (Print)
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The original caption may contain language which is historic and which may no longer be considered appropriate. It has been retained in the record in the interest of historical accuracy.

The caption on the reverse of the photograph reads: “Lord Luke opens hospitals exhibition. The Hospital Exhibition being held at Charing Cross Underground Station, London, W.C., was opened today by LORD LUKE, chairman of the London Hospitals Committee. Photos shows:- Two nurses from Wimbledon Central Hospital, working the “Iron Lung” at the exhibition.”

Held in the same week as “Hospitals Day”, during which money was collected to support voluntary hospitals in London, the exhibition at Charing Cross underground station brought the work of voluntary hospitals to the attention of the public. The central display in the exhibition was an architectural model of a hospital and its equipment, featuring miniature carpets and curtains made at the Royal School of Needlework. An “iron lung” was loaned by the London Fever Hospital; the equipment could only be spared for the exhibition due to the Hospital’s recent acquisition of additional equipment. The exhibition also featured photographs and a film. See also MED01/01/0376. High-resolution copies of this image are available for free for non-commercial use. Please Enquire to place an order.


This is part of the Series: MED01/01 Series of prints; within the Collection: MED01 The Medical Collection


Source: Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Photographer: Topical Press Agency Limited

Photographer: Harrison, Norman Kingsley


Underground Railway Station, Exhibition, Health And Welfare, Women