Our Health Heroes

This exhibition celebrates 132 years of service at Harrow Cottage Hospital. Kindly funded by The Royal Society, this is a rare chance to view original archives, photographs and objects relating to the hospital from the stored collections at Headstone Manor & Museum. Although the exhibition highlights the extensive history of the hospital, it also shines a light on nursing, medicine and patient care within the context of the beginnings of a national health service.

Exhibition Book

To celebrate 132 years of Harrow Cottage Hospital’s history, we have collated stories from the hospital and the community and created a book to mark this legacy. You can read the book for free below.

Isobel Browne’s Story – Read by Alison Browne

Oral Histories

Dr Alfred William’s Story – Read by Howard Greenwood

Edith Martin’s Story – Read by Joan Gandy

Evelyn Sanders’ Story – Read by Joan Gandy

Emilie Peake’s Story – Read by Joan Gandy

Exhibition Film

In addition to the book, we created a film to celebrate the hospital’s service and the heroes who have served there over time. We would like to thank the London Screen Archives for their support on providing the footage of the 1934 Carnival Procession.

Images from the Collections


Headstone Manor & Museum would like to show our gratitude to the Royal Society who funded this project and exhibition. We would like to thank the following people for supporting this digital exhibition and project too:

  1. Joan Gandy
  2. Howard Greenwood
  3. Gavin Eynon
  4. Pranav Panchal
  5. Sushmita Chakrabarti
  6. Marianna Michael
  7. London Screen Archives
  8. London and North West University Healthcare Trust

If you would like to contact the Collections Team about this project, please email: collections@headstonemanor.org