The Hatton Gallery during the First World War

As part of the ‘Wor Life’ project we have been researching all our venues to see what was going on at each of them during the First World War. We’ve found some really interesting stories that we’ll be sharing over the next few weeks.

During the First World War the building that now houses the Hatton Gallery was requisitioned to house the 1st Northern General Hospital. This was normal practice throughout the war years, as army hospitals were needed across the country and on a large scale. The Fine Art building in which you are now standing was then part of Armstrong College, Durham University.

Ward C1, 1st Northern General Hospital during the First World War was housed in what is now the Hatton Gallery (image by permission of Robinson Library Special Collections, Newcastle University)

Ward C1, 1st Northern General Hospital during the First World War was housed in what is now the Hatton Gallery (image by permission of Robinson Library Special Collections, Newcastle University)

 

The hospital was staffed by students and staff with an association to the university, which of course included a Medical School. In 1914 the hospital had 420 beds but by 1917 this number had risen to 2,166. Over the course of the war the hospital took in at least 41,896 servicemen.

One Response to The Hatton Gallery during the First World War

  1. rachel burnley says:

    Hi,
    I know my great granddad was injured in April 1917 due to postcard he sent home to his mother. I also know in October 1917 after going home he went from London to Grantham and declared unfit for service and sent to Newcastle.
    Do you have records or photos?

    thanks
    Rachel

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