The Knittingale Hospital at The Workhouse and Infirmary
- 19 July 2023
Margaret Seaman has found worldwide recognition for her textile creations that have raised over £100,000 for charitable causes. The Workhouse and Infirmary is proud to present the Knittingale Hospital, which is one of her latest designs created during the COVID lockdown and offered as a tribute to the National Health Service.
Firbeck Infirmary has a history going back to the days before the National Health Service (NHS) was introduced to the nation. It evolved over time as it recognised the changing policies and procedures that the NHS put into place. It is a fitting building to display Knittingale Hospital and show how healthcare institutions have changed over time.
Margaret has already found worlwide fame for her creations, which include a knitted Buckingham Palace and a knitted Great Yarmouth. All the creative aspects of its production are needled by Margaret's skillful hands. Because of her dedication and passion, she was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Jubilee honours.
The display was created over the Covid lockdown at a time when the NHS was our crucial foundation for weathering the storms of this difficult period in all our lives. The Knittingale Hospital, which tooks hours upon hours to complete, has been dedicated to the NHS as a symbol of respect for the organisations importance and for everyone involved in its running.
The display is raising vital funds for Addenbrooks Hospital in Cambridge. You can make a donation while in Firbeck Infirmary by scanning a QR code. Alternatively, you can donate using the link below.
The hospital will be available to view until the end of October when the Workhouse and Infirmary closes for the season. It is on the first floor of Firbeck Infirmary, and viewing the piece is included in your normal site admission fee. For those with accessibility requirements, a lift is available.