A cradle of reform: Bloomsbury's contribution to healthcare history

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    08 May 2017
    Clock 40min      Length1.5mi
    6 ratings

    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    During an extraordinary forty years, this small area of London attracted reformers who changed health care in fundamental ways that shape today's services. Prior to that time, the only health care provided here was the 18th century Foundling Hospital, one the most magnificent buildings in London of which only the entrance and childrens' playsheds can be seen today. On this walk you will see the first hospital for children in England, the only hospital for Italians, the first hospital established by nurses, the first hospital for those paralysed and epileptic, and the medical school created by and for women who were otherwise excluded from such a career. This was an area where several types of patients who were previously ignored finally were recognised and where new opportunities for staff were initiated. While Bloomsbury is rightly recognised as the home of radical changes in literature, art and penal reform, it was also a cradle of reform for health care.

    This walk is based on one of seven walks in Walking London's Medical History:

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    Russell Square underground station

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    Places to stop along the way:

    Cafes in Lamb's Conduit Street, Foundling Museum, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Museum.

    Best time of day:

    Any time, though quieter at weekends


    This is a safe area but usual precautions advised.


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    Great tour. It made me notice buildings I would have ordinarily walked past, told me stories of the people behind some amazing institutions and gave me an insight into the history of an area about which I know so little.

    Posted by Louise T , over 1 year ago

    This is an excellent tour. The speaker is clear, authoritative and knowledgeable. Fascinating insights into The Foundling Hospital plus other major health care buildings and their historical context. The walk at 50 mins is just the right length and distance and takes you through some of the most attractive streets in Bloomsbury.

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 2 years ago

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