A new exhibition has opened at Temple Newsam House in Leeds focussing on the history of the house as First World War convalescent hospital. This new exhibition is in partnership with Legacies of War at the University of Leeds. The collaboration has shone new light on the lives of the nurses who worked at the hospital and working with the university has put the lives of the stories brought forward by members of the community into a wider context.
The hospital was run by Lady Dorothy Wood and unique access to the archives of the Halifax Estate has brought her pragmatic attitude to running the hospital to the fore in the exhibition. Lady Dorothy recalled in her memoirs that she left much of the nursing to the VADs as “they were so keen to practice”. On another occasion she teaches some soldiers returning late and drunk a lesson by confiscating their trousers.
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The exhibition runs until 1st November 2015 and is accompanied by a series of public events includes: The Country House & the First World War, Study Day: Nurses & Nursing , The film „Griet‟ ,The Gledhow Scrapbook and Frontline Medicine.