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Chamber Pot - Birmingham General Hospital

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1999F130
Collection:Social History
Date:1910 - 1951

Maker Information

Manufacturer:George Jones & Sons - View history


This chamber pot was used at the General Hospital in Birmingham. It was made by a firm called George Jones & Sons in Staffordshire. In 1779, Dr John Ash founded a hospital for Birmingham's poor on Summer Lane. Four nurses could care for up to 100 patients at one time. By the late 19th century it was clear that the building was no longer suitable because new medical techniques could not be accommodated and it was located undesirably close to factories. The New General Hospital, completed in 1879, boasted bright airy wards, adequate operating theatres and residential accommodation for staff.

Presented by Miss Sheila Scattergood.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Place of Origin:Staffordshire, England

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Height:13.5 cm
Width:28 cm
Diameter:23.3 cm