Section of miniature hospital including entrance and staircase


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Miniature hospital made for publicity for King Edward's Hospital Fund for London, 1932. Humphreys (maker) London:
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Entrance, staircase and lift tower of hospital model, part of miniature hospital made for publicity for King Edward's Hospital Fund for London, 1930-1932

This is a section of a miniature hospital made by the King Edward’s Fund for London, a charity that raised money for voluntary hospitals in the city. They hoped that seeing the model would help the public understand the importance of modern hospitals, and develop a sense of responsibility for maintaining them. Public support was essential for the survival of voluntary hospitals during the economic hardship of the interwar years. It was built as a scale model of a 1930s hospital, with everything sixteen times smaller than real life.

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Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
A603147 Pt2
asbestos, building (finish), plaster, building (structure), wood, fittings, metal, fittings, plaster and fittings, wood
overall (as displayed- base interlocks with adjacent block): 1325 mm x 365 mm x 1000 mm,
overall (incl base but not top): 1325 mm x 440 mm x 1000 mm, 80 kg
hinged top: 410 mm
  • visual and verbal communication
The King's Fund (Loan, Wellcome Trust)

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