July 13, 2008

Museum Cuts No Corners With 1940s Hospital Beds Demo

THE lost art of making beds with hospital corners will be demonstrated at York Castle Museum today.

Nurses will also show off traditional folded hats and a chef will demonstrate food from the 1940s as part of the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

The museum's new Studio space will also showcase pictures and information on the history of York hospitals. Organiser Gill Greaves said: "To mark the anniversary we wanted to give visitors a taste of what life was like when the NHS first started in a fun and interesting way."

The events will take place from 10am until 4pm in the Textile and Kitchen Studios.

Nurses will demonstrate how to make a hospital corner on a proper hospital bed.

They will also show how to fold the elaborate nurses' hats and offer visitors the chance to try on scrubs.

A chef will be making typical 1940s cuisine such as the "National Loaf", potato biscuits, Cornish pasties without meat, spam fritters and preserved eggs.

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