Exhibition in Chanteloup

Many thanks to Francis Tailleur who dedicated so much time , researched and organised a fantastic event in Troyes, France. The exhibition remembered and shows  the world that France has not forgotten the brave work carried out by the hospital unit in 1915.
For more details visit their blog on the story of the SWH in Troyes, France during 1915. http://chanteloup-centenaire1915-2015.over-blog.com

A hundred years ago, on the Domaine de Chanteloup, in Sainte-Savine, near Troyes (France) had settled one of the units of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals: the Girton and Newnham unit.

The hospital ran from the 9th of June to the 5th of October, 1915.

One hundred years later, on this site is installed l’Institut Chanteloup, an institute for disabled children.

L’Institut organizes la Semaine du Centenaire (the week of the Centenary), from the 6th to the 11th of June 2015 to bring light on this very badly known storyl’hopital des Dames écossaises.

An exhibition offers to the visitors a partial reconstruction of the hospital: a tent for the wounded or sick soldiers, the operating room, Mrs. Harley office (manager), tents for staff, X-ray Hotel…

The 65 photographs taken in 1915 in Chanteloup are all exposed.

The work realized by the pupils of l’Institut is also presented.

The mayor of Ste Savine gave the following name to a path through the park of Chanteloup : allée des dames écossaises.

More than 1000 people have visited the exhibition, which received the prestigious label of Centenarian 14 18.

Francis Tailleur

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This is the fascinating story of Katherine Stewart MacPhail (1887-1974), the third daughter of Dr Donald MacPhail, a Glasgow physician. Following in her father’s footsteps, she studied medicine at Glasgow University, qualifying in 1911. During the First World War she worked as a doctor in France, Serbia, Corsica and on the Salonica front. Following the war’s end, she returned to Serbia in order to organise medical care for poor children suffering from tuberculosis, which was a serious medical and social problem at the time, and founded a special hospital for this purpose, first in Belgrade, and then in the village of Sremska Kamenica on the banks of the Danube, near the city of Novi Sad. Under her energetic leadership the hospital flourished, but she was obliged to leave it when Yugoslavia was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War. Returning after the war, she was once more forced to leave when the Communist government took over the hospital in 1947, spending the rest of her life in retirement in St Andrews, Scotland. This moving account of her life and work vividly reflects both the heroism and the tragedy of the twentieth century. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to a charity set up to restore the “English Hospital” in Sremska Kamenica, as a memorial to Dr. Katherine MacPhail.

Glasgow City Archives Presentation

GLASGOW’S WAR, THE WOMEN WHO WENT TO WAR WED 10 JUN 6.00PM – 7.00PM Blythswood Room, FREE. A documentary film exploring the role of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals in the First World War. Discover researcher Alan Cumming’s journey to honour the women who went to war, which was the subject of a recent STV documentary with Kirsty Wark. The event will feature an introduction and Q&A session with Alan, who conducted much of his research in the Mitchell at Glasgow City Archives. Places are limited, please booking in person at the Granville Street Reception or by phoning 0141 287 2999.