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Treasure 84: The Silver Book
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Treasure 84: The Silver Book

Historic Documents
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Treasure 84: The Silver Book
Historic Documents
Treasure 84: The Silver Book
2016 marks 80 years since the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary opened at Foresterhill. The new Infirmary cost a total of £535,000 and was opened on 23 September by the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and the Queen Mother. The opening of the Infirmary marked the completion of the Joint Hospital Scheme and a major milestone in Aberdeen medical history.

A crucial factor in the ultimate success of the Joint Hospital Scheme was fundraising undertaken by Andrew Lewis, Lord Provost of Aberdeen from 1925 to 1929. A keen supporter of the Scheme, Lewis' fundraising appeal was launched in March 1927 and raised £130,000 within a matter of days.

The Silver Book was the contribution from the proprietors of Aberdeen Bon-Accord and Northern Pictorial newspaper to help the appeal reach its £400,000 target. The book was published by Henry Munro Ltd. and is in an attractive volume, rich in local and medical history. It contains a large number of adverts for local and national businesses in the front and back pages.

The book features a letter of support from then Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, followed by other messages of goodwill from Lord and Lady Provost Lewis, the University's Principal Sir George Adam Smith and other "Eminent Men" including Winston Churchill, Austen Chamberlain, John Buchan, G. K. Chesterton and Charles Murray.

Read extracts from the book and find out about the Joint Hospital Scheme and its legacy in the Treasures from our Collections interactive exhibition on the touchscreen.
Aberdeen Local Studies
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