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Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton

Digital-led exhibition and online archive for the world-renowned centre for amputee rehabilitation

The UK’s first hospital for the treatment and rehabilitation of amputees was founded in Roehampton in 1915 to improve the prospects of limbless soldiers returning from war in Europe. We designed and co-curated the permanent exhibition at Queen Mary’s working with the Friends Archives and Museums Group, and sourcing content from the hospital’s collections, the London Metropolitan Archive and the Imperial War Museum. We developed the QMH Archives website a year later.

iPad kiosks & 100% uptime

The exhibition includes around two and a half hours of video that we shot in interviews and at amputee physical and occupational therapy sessions at the hospital. Oral histories from the QMH collection and animated stills are explored along with the video via five iPad kiosks – up and working with no maintenance issues for the whole of the first year (so far) since the opening.

Sir Douglas Bader was Queen Mary's most famous patient. The cabinet display includes the legs Bader was wearing when he died.
Limb factories were fundamental to the Hospital. Split hooks (top left) are used to this day as one of the most useful prostheses.
Modular design has revolutionised prosthetics, allowing amputees to be fitted with limbs tailored closely their lifestyle.
Archive images were widely sourced. We re-coloured this photograph of Bader from a black and white original from the Imperial War Museum.