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‘As elsewhere, influenza was troublesome…’
As the world struggles with the impact of coronavirus in 2020, challenges posed by a pandemic are sadly nothing new ...
'Danger Patients Crossing' - Royal Albert Sign
'I hereby order the alleged defective… to be sent to Brockhall Institution'.
Wilhelmina D Family Story: Part One As said in the introduction, Wilhelmina D, born on January 20th 1912 was sent from ...
'In memory of William John Brannan'
In the main entrance hall at the Royal Albert, Lancaster was a brass memorial which honoured William John Brannan, a resident ...
"…a way of earning money till I found out what I wanted to do."
During the late 1980s and early 1990s Steve Mee was a nurse and then Resettlement Officer at the Royal Albert. ...
"'… the best bed-maker in the Royal Albert’."
For many years residents (and nurses) in large long-stay institutions carried out domestic duties – whether on the wards or ...
"Big, big fellas…" Moving from a boy's ward.
Norman arrived at the Royal Albert, aged 4 years old, in 1941. He went straight to the relatively newly built ...
"Even if you wanted to see your friend, you couldn’t."
Frank Cochrane and Harry Oldham, former residents, remember the food and seating arrangements in De Vitre Hall at the Royal ...
"Go back and knock!"
Frank Cochrane and James Leach remember Mrs. Wareing, the Matron at the Royal Albert Hospital from 1962 to 1972. Frank ...
"He wouldn't go in the bathroom"
This is an extract from a reminiscence session at the College of Adult Education, Lancaster on October 16th 1987. Two former ...
"I got the blame for it."
Harry Oldham lived in the Royal Albert for many years, arriving there before the Second World War. Although the Albert was ...
"I should never have been here."
In an interview on March 21st 2007, Mrs. Creed recalled a story told to her by one of women she ...
"I was running that Refractory Ward on my own."
Mrs Creed, in an interview recorded on March 21st 2007, remembered being in charge of Coupland Ward at the Royal ...
"It was just another world"
Malcolm Alston, a former Charge Nurse at the Royal Albert Hospital, recalls growing up near to the institution in the ...
"No pleasure, no sweets, no spending money."
Norman arrived at the Royal Albert in the early 1940s aged 4 years old. He went on the boys’ ward ...
"They used to throw food at one another"
Former residents (Frank Cochrane, Harry Oldham, Peggy Palmer) remember the meals in De Vitre Hall at the Royal Albert in ...
"They were short here in Royal Albert" Staffing during the Second World War
"We didn’t get paid 'til Dr. Thomas come."
Dr. Thomas was the Medical Superintendent when the Royal Albert became part of the National Health Service in 1948. Jack ...
"We give 'em plums alright!"
The Royal Albert, as with similar institutions, had its own farm, gardens and an orchard. Although supplies were bought as ...
"We had some good fun there…"
Norman left the Royal Albert in around 1980. He had arrived as a four year old about 40 years earlier. ...
"We used to get blackclock soup!"
Memories of life at the Royal Albert in the first half of the last century touch upon meal times in ...
"When stuff was on rations…"
Frank Cochrane, a former Royal Albert resident, recalled how himself and others found enterprising ways to make money during the ...
"Yes, I love football!"
Tony Dennison recalls his job interview in July 1973, aged 17, for a place at the Royal Albert as a ...
“Get up at half past six at morning – buckets out! Scrubbers out!”
During the first half of the 20th century, and very likely into the 1950s and 60s, many residents at the ...
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