Stratford General Hospital Archive volunteers Joan MacDermid and Janette Veal showcase some items from the collection. Joan is holding a photograph of Alexandra Munn.
The Stratford General Hospital (SGH) Archives is actively seeking items to add to its collection that will enhance its knowledge and understanding of the rich history of medicine in Stratford and area.
Established in 1993, the Archives showcases the history of the nurses training school which operated from 1892 to 1971, and the hospital. The Archiveâ€™s collection includes various records, medical equipment and commemorative nursing pins and rings.
â€śEach and every piece from the collection tells a story, makes a historical statement. It reflects the values and influences of its time in our institution and in our community. Itâ€™s the real deal about our past,â€ť says Janette Veal, Archives Volunteer.
Donations of SGH School of Nursing pins and rings would be especially appreciated. Memorabilia and artifacts such as: nursing documents, early twentieth or nineteenth century napkin rings, nursesâ€™ instrument kits, vintage stethoscope, vintage labelled medication containers, vintage Oxford style duty shoes (white or black) and wrought iron basin stands are also of interest.
All donations will be catalogued and preserved by Archive volunteers. Throughout the year the Archives creates displays for the hospitalâ€™s Main Lobby and other events to showcase our proud heritage and the changing face of hospital care.
â€śIt is our hope in partnership with SGH Foundation to expand our exhibit space with the creation of a new gallery to accommodate larger furnishings, medical equipment, and mannequins,â€ť adds Veal. â€śCommunity donations are an excellent opportunity to contribute to the growing awareness of the rich resources of our hospital history.â€ť
Those interested in donating items can leave a message at 519-272-8210 ext. 2547 or fill out a form on the Huron Perth Healthcare Allianceâ€™s website at