The old hospital will be reinvigorated with a series of interactive exhibits and displays following a recent grant.

Arts Council England has provided a grant for the project, at the University of Worcester-run Infirmary Museum, with financial support amounting to roughly £60,000 from the National Lottery.

Arts Council England, which is funded by the National Lottery and sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is responsible for supporting thousands of community, individual, and cultural organisations across the country.



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The new exhibits, which will document the changes in medical practices over time, will not only affect the visitor experience, but also the university's teaching.

Established to maintain the history of Worcester Royal Infirmary, which once operated in the same building, the assortment of displays range, from various periods, from medical uniforms to anatomy models, and even medical equipment.

Visitors who are former patients or staff members of the hospital will have the opportunity to contribute to a special memory board.

The grant will fund the creation of three interactive platforms, named the Amputation Station, Microscope Station, and Keyhole Surgery Station.

Harriet Hathaway, curator of The Infirmary Museum, said: "Our museum tells the story of Worcestershire’s hospital formerly on the site, and we are keen to attract even more visitors to share that story further.

"We believe that the new interactive installations will add extra interest for visitors, particularly our younger visitors, and bring some of the medical procedures and medical discoveries to life.

"By attracting even more people we can preserve that history for future generations, showing how medical care has changed and evolved over time and the hospital’s place in that journey."

Providing glimpses of historic medical procedures, the stations will offer the public, as well as university students, chances to 'experience' key-hole surgery, inspect slides under a microscope, and learn about amputation techniques in detail.

Miss Hathaway also expressed hope that advancements to the interactive side of the museum will prompt further collaboration with various university departments, such as the new Three Counties Medical School, and help involve the wider public, including nearby schools.