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The 125th Anniversary of Leeds General Infirmary

murals located by the Chapel in Leeds General Infirmary, West Yorks, England



Project Scope

This series of six murals, each 8ft wide x 5.5ft high, separates the hospitals' history into different categories such as Surgery and Nursing. Contributors and sponsors were acknowledged on an additional framed panel.



To celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Leeds General Infirmary we were commissioned to design a series of 6 murals. There was also a booklet that included plans and sketches of the proposed new wing.


Because the murals needed to carry large amounts of text, we decided to visually separate them in the coloured band underneath, with a visual key in the centre and description for each photograph. The background designs for each mural were based on the floor tile patterns still to be seen in the original 1868 hospital. The border design carries a montage of images that could not be used elsewhere – notable staff, social events, buildings medical instruments and memorabilia.


Each of the 6 murals carried a different subject area: History of the General Infirmary – History of Surgery – History of Nursing – Social History – Technology – Looking Forward



Client Comment

“The six hospitals within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust represent a complex medical and social history of Leeds and West Yorkshire from the beginning of the 18th Century. Woodgate Design has enabled those hospitals to communicate and commemorate their medical and social heritage in appealing and vibrant display panels. Each project was tailored to the subject, "audience" and architecture of its hospital to create a unique artwork. The "125th Anniversary Exhibition of the General Infirmary at Leeds", for example, consists of six themed panels which compliment and echo the architecture of the Grade 1 Listed Gilbert Scott building in which they are sited. The modern, curvy installation at Chapel Allerton reflects the contemporary style of the new hospital as well as the rich social life of that organisation in supporting young men, injured in war, in regaining mobility and working skills.


Woodgate Design provided much more than visual design expertise. Their commitment and support for the project covered the collation of archive material, talking through anecdotal information with staff, including retired employees, attending progress meetings, photographing the hospital site and artifacts and assisting the hospitals in editing material for inclusion. With Woodgate's excellent project management, the complex process of identifying and sorting historical information became easy and our hospitals' histories were able to come to life.”


Gail Bolland, Art Co-ordinator at Tonic, Leeds Hospitals

(writing about this and other murals created for the Leeds Hospitals)

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