While exploring the archives we discovered Nine Medical Songs, a song book written and composed by staff and students at St George’s Hospital and published in 1895.
A digitised version can be seen online via the Wellcome Library. Our Library staff member Dan Jeffcote has recorded a snippet of the melody for one of the songs, ‘A Song of St George’s’, played on the guitar, bringing a sound from St George’s past to life!
Exploring our archives further, we were able to find out more about the individuals who produced the song book.
Joseph Blomfield (previously Blumfield) was a junior Anaesthetist to St George’s Hospital, and was also an assistant teacher of anaesthetics. He contributed to and later edited the St George’s Hospital Gazette, the Hospital’s staff magazine. His forte was the recital of humourous poems, usually of his own composition, performing them at students’ and nurses’ concerts. Many of his poems survive today, printed in the Gazette.
Charles Nugent Chadborn and Gilbert Holland Ransome both joined the Medical School as students in 1891. Ransome also edited the Gazette, and both Ransome and Blomfield played for the School’s rugby team (with Blomfield scoring his first try at the age of 50). Chadborn followed Blomfield to become an anaesthetist, whilst Ransome became a surgeon.
If you are interested in finding out more about St George’s archive, sign up for our handling sessions open to all St George’s staff and students (including Trust staff).
Monday 21st November from 12.30pm-1.30pm H2.6 Boardroom Thursday 24 November 12.30 – 1.30pm JB 3+5
Booking is required and places are limited, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place. We will have exclusive postcards featuring some of our archive treasures for attendees to take home.