Postcards Home

The postcards written by our patients during their TB treatment, provide a heart warming reminder of life in a Sanatorium in the early 1900s.

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A postcard home
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Dining Room, Benenden Sanatorium
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A patients postcard home

 

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The Smoking/Recreation Pavilion Benenden
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A postcard home
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Princess Helena

On 14 July 1906, Princess Helena of Great Britain came to the Sanatorium at Benenden for a formal ceremony to lay the Foundation Stone. The fifth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and a champion for better healthcare, Princess Helena supported many great causes including a role as President of the British Nurses’ Association.

The Princess was an active participant at several meetings as the Society developed and 110 years later we remember Helena as the foundation stone is repositioned in our new hospital.

 

Benenden’s Inaugral Conference (1906)

It was good to remember our long and rich history of providing healthcare to our members and other patients. Charles Garland developed our mutual organisation over 110 years ago. During Benenden’s 2017 Conference in Birmingham this week, delegates had the opportunity to see Charles Garland’s handwritten notes from the Society’s Inaugral Conference held in London on 29 September 1906.

The 1st Annual Conference followed one year later on 28 September 1907. This event was held in the Memorial Hall, Farringdon, London.

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