April 19th 2024 NEWS FLASH!

 Architects drawing for proposed Stanmore Cripples Training College c. 1936 / courtesy Derek Sayers Collection.

Historic England commissioned Nicola Lane and Philip Milnes-Smith to write 'The Forgotten History of the Stanmore Crippled Boys Training College' for their Historic England blog. 
This blog is the result of researches and discoveries made during Heritage Lottery and Culture Recovery funded project 'Searching for the Grey Lady: A Ghost From WW1 at the RNOH', with contributions from RNOH staff, clinicians, patients and participants.
Discover the story of these remarkable buildings designed in 1936 by hospital architects Mountford Pigott to be fully accessible: 

View of Training College workshops from 1937 photographic album / courtesy Derek Sayers collection

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Nicola Lane 2020 / copy negative courtesy RNOH

In November 2020 Pegleg Productions was among 162 organisations to receive a lifeline grant from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, receiving £9,500 to progress and develop 'Searching For the Grey Lady: A Ghost From WW1 at the RNOH' after Covid 19 had disrupted the project.​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This funding enabled Pegleg Productions to develop 'Searching for the Grey Lady" into a series of Podcast episodes tracing the history of the RNOH Stanmore from its’ inception until the aftermath of the First World War, composed of contemporary accounts in newspapers and archives discovered during our explorations at the RNOH - performed by RNOH staff, clinicians, patients, and the whole spectrum of those involved with the hospital, reading excerpts from the archives and recording their readings at home on their phone. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Podcast performers Christine Bows and Keith Reeve / 2020

Pegleg Productions wants to thank all those involved, who in spite of the challenges of COVID 19, worked to deliver the Podcast in creative collaboration with award-winning hospital radio Radio Brockley. For Podcast cast lists, information and links to all Episodes go to:​​​​​​​
Culture Recovery Fund & Archives​​​​​​​

Dr Milnes-Smith, Dr Carroll and the 'Obelisk', the oldest structure on RNOH site / Nicola Lane 2021

The #CultureRecoveryFund also enabled Pegleg Productions recruitment of archivist Dr Philip Milnes-Smith and Community Historian Dr Sam Carroll to research and identify archive material remaining on the RNOH site, as well as exploring strategies for safeguarding RNOH treasures for the future. 
Thanks to RNOH Head of Research and Innovation Iva Hauptmannova, in May 2021 Dr Milnes-Smith and Dr Carroll were able to examine and assess RNOH onsite archives, for the first time since Lockdown began in 2020:

Examining RNOH archival treasure / Nicola Lane / 2021

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