This short video shows the opening of the Canadian Hospital History Mural, Orpington, Greater London, by Lieutenant-Colonel Denis Janelle, Army Adviser at the Canadian High Commission on 6/11/09. The video also includes the news report by Ann MacMillan, Managing Editor of the CBC London Bureau which was shown on the main evening news in Canada.
From 1917–1919 more than 15,000 wounded soldiers were treated at the 16th Canadian General Hospital at Orpington, constructed by the government of Ontario. In its heyday, the Canadian Hospital was one of the largest and most up-to-date military hospitals in the world. The ‘temporary’ buildings were demolished in the 1980s and the site’s history survives only in the names – Canada Wing, Ontario Ward, the ‘Canadian Corner’ in the graveyard.
We were commissioned by Josie Aston, a freelance hospital arts co-ordinator (featured in the video), to design a mural that would be displayed in the entrance of Orpington Hospital, Greater London. Josie researched and developed the project along with help from many local people including Veronica Loh, Dr Adrian Thomas and staff from Bromley Museum.