Mr. George Hay Marshall was born in Edinburgh in January 1906. He qualified in Medicine from The University of Edinburgh in 1928, becoming a House Surgeon in Swindon and West Bromwich. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1931, following a move from his home town to Worcester to become a junior partner in the general practice of Pollard and Rook. In 1935 he joined the Consultant staff of Worcester Royal Infirmary, taking up an unpaid position whilst continuing his general practice work. He became Consultant Surgeon to Worcester Royal Infirmary in 1948, giving up general practice completely in 1950. During his time at the WRI, he provided state of the art general surgical service to his patients, and joked that he knew the people of Worcester “inside and out!”. The museum is home to a fascinating collection of artefacts illustrating how medicine and health care have developed over the past 250 years. There is plenty to see, including a gory collection of death masks of hanged criminals, a reconstructed apothecary’s shop and 19th-century operating theatre.
Worcester Infirmary operated from this site from 1771 until 2001 and in that time observed many advances in healthcare and innovation. Those who worked here also proved instrumental and the exhibition and tours aim to convey these important discoveries. For example, local man Sir Charles Hastings presided over the first meeting of the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association in July 1832. The organisation which later became the British Medical Association and continues to print the British Medical Journal sharing the results and research by medical professionals to improve the lives of many. The Infirmary is an interactive exhibition at the University of Worcester’s City Campus combining history, science, art and technology to explore the medical stories of one of England’s oldest infirmaries. Both museums are wheelchair accessible and both welcome assistance dogs.
Location George Marshall: Friar Street, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2LZ
Location The Infirmary: University of Worcester City Campus, Castle Street, Worcester, WR1 3AS
Transport George Marshall: Worcester Foregate Street (National Rail) then 38 bus. Bus Routes : 38, 350 and 356 stop close by.
Transport The Infirmary: Worcester Foregate Street (National Rail) 7 minutes. Bus Routes : 32, 36, 37, 39, 144, 303, 350 and 356 stop near by.
Opening Times George Marshall: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00.
Opening Times The Infirmary: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00. Saturdays 10:00 to 16:00
Tickets : Free to both museums.
Tel: 01905 760738