Pupils Celebrate 200 Years of Birmingham's Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

In Birmingham, Bournville Juniors and St Brigid's Catholic Primary joined Heritage Schools in supporting the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital's Bicentenary celebrations. Nearly 200 pupils, from the two schools, spent a full day at the hospital, formerly the Cadbury family home.

Bournville pupils in the memorial garden at the ROH
Bournville pupils in the memorial garden at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital © Historic England

They toured the hospital, studied photographs, documents and a range of artefacts relating to orthopaedic surgery. They interviewed a range of key hospital staff, including a phlebotomist, the Head of Learning and the Head Chef. One group of pupils were lucky enough to meet a former patient, who had had spinal fusion surgery in 1955. Another group met the country's most senior nurse, Dame Professor Donna Kinnair.

A girl from St Brigid’s school spots her work on one of the finished prints panels from ‘Birthday Bones’ exhibition.
A pupil from St Brigid’s spots her work on one of the finished prints panels at the ‘Birthday Bones’ exhibition © Historic England

In May, children from both schools worked with Jake Lever of LeverArts. Under Jake's guidance, pupils produced eight large scale prints, celebrating the history and successes of the hospital over 200 years. The 'Birthday Bones' exhibition is now on permanent, public display in the hospital's main corridor.

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