|Birmingham Archives Kynoch Factory, WW1 images|
Professor Jonathon Reinarz' talk at Birmingham University on 11th February 2016 to launch People's Heritage Co-operative Untold Stories Project provided a great start to a project which has at it's heart the uncovering of the stories of those wounded soldiers, the medical professionals they came into contact with and the development of medical practice and provision for injured and disabled soldiers.
The glimpses given us by Reinarz of little known medics such as William Billington (surgeon), Harold Round and Arthur Parrottt (dentists), working together as a team to reconstruct shell shattered jaw bones tell us there is much to be uncovered in our City's history. How much had Birmingham's industrial history led to a plethora of specialist hospitals: skin; nerve; eye; dental; children's; women's? Had the industrial practices that were being used in the Jewellery quarter been copied by surgeons in their reconstruction techniques?
Feb. 17,1920.UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
ARTHUR HUGHES PARROTT & HAROLD ROUND,OF BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
Birmingham's strapline as 'second city' can sometimes seem a bit self depreciating, comparing the city unfavourably with London. As a centre for medical specialisms, developing treatments for war wounded veterans, Birmingham did, and still does, lead the way.
Untold Stories next lecture is on at Cadbury Research Library. Martin Killeen, Senior Librarian, will talk about the CRL’s collection of archive material relating to hospitals in Birmingham during WW1.