Local Archivist Wins Civic Award
Queen Mary’s Hospital archivist honoured in recognition of saving local history
Gordon Jones, chairman of the Queen Mary’s Hospital archive and museum group, was honoured by the Mayor of Wandsworth with a Civic Award at a glitzy town hall ceremony in November in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to life of the borough.
10 years ago Gordon took on the task of preserving many of the historic artefacts and documents at Queen Mary’s as the development of the new hospital gathered pace, establishing a constitution, charity status for the group and relationships with a number of archive organisations across the country. Gordon’s work has seen the Queen Mary’s archive classified by the National Archive as being of national significance, covering not only medical history but many aspects of military, social and political history.
In his 10 years as chairman of the archive and museum committee, Gordon has overseen the opening of the opening of the new Queen Mary’s Hospital museum and has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Queen Mary’s oral history project. The project has seen the committee interview 60 people who have been a patient or worked at the hospital during its 95 year history. The project will draw to a close next summer, when the 60 recorded histories will be published on the Queen Mary’s website.
Jane Attrill, Head of rehabilitation services, said:
To find out more about Gordon and the archive and museum committee’s work check out the Queen Mary’s website www.queenmarysroehampton.nhs.uk
November 19, 2010