WW1 hospital exhibition opens at Rothesay Library

Louisa Davidson from the Mount Stuart Trust team casts her eye over 'Healing Hands on the Home Front', a new exhibition at Rothesay Library telling the story of the work of Mount Stuart, and Argyll and Bute's other local auxiliary hospitals, during the First World War.
Louisa Davidson from the Mount Stuart Trust team casts her eye over 'Healing Hands on the Home Front', a new exhibition at Rothesay Library telling the story of the work of Mount Stuart, and Argyll and Bute's other local auxiliary hospitals, during the First World War.

A new exhibition paying tribute to the work of Argyll and Bute’s auxiliary hospitals during the First World War has opened at Rothesay Library.

The exhibition, ‘Healing Hands on the Home Front’, includes a selection of photographs and other artefacts from the extensive archive at Mount Stuart, which was given over to the Admiralty for use as a naval hospital early in the conflict.

Several staff members from the Mount Stuart Trust, among them head of collections Alice Martin, were among those present to see the exhibition officially opened by island councillor and Argyll and Bute provost Len Scoullar on Tuesday.

Also present was Argyll and Bute Council’s information and local studies librarian Eleanor McKay, who explained: “We wanted to commemorate the war and to make sure we have a database of information for families and local historians to use in the future.

“We’ve chosen to take on one theme for each of the next five years. The first was inspired by an album of photographs of the auxiliary hospital at Hermitage House in Helensburgh; we decided to seek out information on other similar hospitals, and Alice very kindly gave us permission to use some of the items in Mount Stuart’s collection.”

The exhibition runs until December 4 during the library’s normal opening hours (10am-1pm and 2pm-7pm Tues & Thurs; 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm Wed, Fri & Sat).