Cardiff Story museum looks back at public healthcare in the Welsh capital

November 12, 2012 No Comments »

From left to right, Carol Dunbar, Mel Harmer, Albert Hawkins, Magi Roberts and Gwen Stagg at Cardiff Story’s first reminiscence session.

The Cardiff Story Museum has launched a new series of “reminiscence” events, with the first session taking participants down memory lane as they discussed the history of healthcare in Cardiff.

The museum has introduced the monthly sessions to encourage people to talk about their memories of Cardiff – some of which will be added to its exhibitions – with each event focussed around a different topic.

On Wednesday, a group of around 10 people gathered at the museum in The Hayes for the first event, which was healthcare in Cardiff before and after the NHS was founded.

Led by Cardiff Story volunteer Magi Roberts, the discussion included childhood memories of time spent in Cardiff Royal Infirmary’s isolation unit, where parents were not allowed to stay with their children while they were in hospital.

Others told of how nurses at Llandough Hospital during the 1940s would turn their capes inside out at Christmas so that they were a festive red, and of how going to the doctors was always a last resort in the days before free healthcare. Home remedies were always tried first, with the group recalling family traditions such as putting gold on a sty, bread poultices on boils, and witch hazel for bringing out bruises.

The next reminiscence session will be held on Wednesday December 5, from 11am to 1pm, where the group will discuss Christmas in Cardiff.

Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided and all are welcome to attend.

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