Through funding from the Staff Lottery at Cardiff & Vale Health Charity, the Arts for Health and Wellbeing Programme are proud to create a timeline to reflect 200 years of organised healthcare being provided in the South and East Cardiff Locality area, which is now on display in the Therapies corridor at Cardiff Royal Infirmary.

The timeline follows the journey of the hospital since 1822 as it moved to numerous locations from the Cardiff Dispensary’s first site on Working Street, The Hayes and eventually, to the current site of Cardiff Royal Infirmary. The timeline captures significant events, achievements and changes that that took place at the hospital, throughout this time as well as demonstrating an idea of what it would have been like for the patients and staff who were based there.

The content of the timeline was curated and identified by Bex Betton who led on the project and Gwawr Faulconbridge with the support from local museums, archives, newspapers and current and past members of staff. The timeline was then illustrated and installed as a wall vinyl by Grosvenor Interiors.

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the timeline.

It has been a pleasure to explore the history of Cardiff Royal Infirmary and beyond as part of this project and hear so many wonderful stories from previous members of staff as well as making connections with current ones. It is fantastic to see the timeline up on the wall and share the sites history and heritage with the Cardiff Royal Infirmary community.

-Bex Betton, Arts Fundraising Support Officer

If you are interested in viewing the timeline, please check the current Covid-19 regulations at Cardiff Royal Infirmary and adhere to any guidelines and practices.

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