Casualty 1800’s

By mike henderson on 4 Nov 2010

This month human osteologist Don Walker talks about the analysis of nineteenth century trauma victims from the Royal London Hospital. The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, East London is a venerable institution with a rich history of serving the local community, and was featured in a series of historical medical dramas produced by the BBC (‘Casualty 1906’ and ‘Casualty 1907’). The hospital was founded in 1740, and opened on its current site in 1757. One of the functions of the hospital was as an accident and emergency department accepting ‘special cases necessary to the preservation of life’. Emergency treatment would […]

Victorian crockery and glass used in the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel

By nigel jeffries on 15 Apr 2010

The excavations at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel (RLP05) in London’s East End have yielded a small, but unique, group of pottery and glass relating to the selective clear out of hospital equipment around the 1860s. Excavated from the Bedstead area of the east wing of the Hospital, this adds to the large volume of fascinating disarticulated human and animal bones already found from the old Hospital’s cemetery. Filled with pharmaceuticals from the dispensary of the hospital, the two glass prescription bottles (see image below) have the embossed text of ‘STOLEN FROM THE LONDON HOSPITAL’ written down the side. This warning ensured that […]