WW1 hospital exhibition to open in Rothesay

The conservatory at Mount Stuart House, in use as an operating theatre while the building was used as a naval hospital during the First World War. (Credit: Wellcome Library, London.)
The conservatory at Mount Stuart House, in use as an operating theatre while the building was used as a naval hospital during the First World War. (Credit: Wellcome Library, London.)

A new exhibition paying tribute to the work of Argyll and Bute’s local auxiliary hospitals during the First World War opens in Rothesay this week.

‘Healing Hands on the Home Front’ provides a glimpse into the lives of the medical volunteers and tells the stories of some of the patients through the medium of old photographs and other mementos.

Heavily featured in the exhibition is the role of Mount Stuart, which was volunteered by Augusta, Lady Bute, wife of the fourth Marquess of Bute, for use as a hospital by the Admiralty from 1915 to 1919.

Several photographs from Mount Stuart’s collection have been contributed to the touring exhibition, which is currently on show in Helensburgh, where the former Hermitage House in the town was turned over to the Red Cross for use as an auxiliary hospital during the conflict.

The exhibition, which was compiled by Argyll and Bute Council’s information and local studies librarian Eleanor Mackay and culture and heritage support officer Gayle Ferguson, runs at Rothesay Library from Wednesday, November 5 to Thursday, December 4, during normal library opening hours.