The George Marshall Medical Museum holds two main oral history collections: Medicine in Worcester and Powick Hospital. There are also a number of individual recordings of eminent individuals, like Miss Ballinger, the President of the Worcester Royal Infirmary Nurses' League. There are digital copies of all of the recordings, some of which were transcribed into document form when the projects began. Currently, volunteers have started to help staff by transcribing the remaining oral histories, for which staff are extremely grateful; completing just one transcription takes a great deal of time and patience.

You can listen to excerpts from the oral history collections on an interactive touch-table at the Infirmary Museum. The George Marshall Medical Museum is currently updating their interactive PC, which will also include some audio clips.

TRANSCRIPT: Penicillin came in while I was still, it wasn’t, you know came in during the war, to start with we didn’t have any, and then it erm, it came in and could only be used for service personnel and then ultimately became available, of course, for all others. But the pre-Penicillin days were a bit hairy. One interesting thing that you may have heard of only as rumour but is, in fact, quite true. Maggots. I can still see those filthy wounds, absolutely infested with maggots, cleaning up over-night almost, and healing beautifully. One blue bottle could do as much as the Penicillin did; quite amazing! I don’t think we actually ever introduced them deliberately, but there were so many bluebottles that they just did it automatically!

For more clips, visit the George Marshall Medical Museum's Audioboom site: https://audioboom.com/gmmedicalmuseum or contact us to read transcripts or listen to whole files for research purposes.