Amazing - Art at Addenbrooke's
The first building to be completed at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in the south side of Cambridge was opened in 1962 and over the years has seen extensive growth and refurbishment. But there is more to this world renowned hospital than meets the eye.
A short walk from MPW towards the city centre, you will find the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School. Our strong ties with the University has allowed for our students to attend seminars there delivered by leading practitioners from the world of business and finance. To all intents and purposes, this imposing building is of a modern design. However, if you look closely, you will spot a remnant of what this building used to before 1990- the word “Addenbrooke’s” neatly chiselled into the façade. You can also spot students enjoying a coffee at Browns, next door to Judge Business School. Again, this joins Judge Business School in giving us clues about Addenbrooke’s history. Above the entrance to Browns, the word “outpatients” carved in stone has been preserved.
As medical science developed in the 19th and 20th centuries, Addenbrooke’s grew rapidly. With the introduction of the NHS in the 1950s, it was time to source new premises. In 1959, building began on a new 66-acre site south of Cambridge and the first phase of the new Addenbrooke’s Hospital was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in May 1962. It was the first hospital to perform a liver transplant outside the USA in 1968 and is an internationally renowned transplant centre as well as housing the largest neurological intensive care unit of its kind in Europe.
MPW Cambridge has enjoyed strong ties with Addenbrooke’s Hospital for many years, with students interested in a career in medicine both volunteering and working there part-time. Indeed, it is not uncommon to see past MPW students as student and fully-qualified doctors in the corridors of this centre of medical excellence.
However, the hospital is also a great place for our students to visit for another reason. There is more to its corridors than medical staff and patients. The hospital has turned its corridors into galleries and has even found room for a museum to celebrate its 250-year history. As a result there are more works of art in the hospital than patients and it is all funded through fundraising and charitable donations.
The long corridor that links the Outpatients’ Department and the Treatment Centre, crossing the main concourse, is the principal exhibition space and the one most easily accessed by visitors. Exhibitions are regularly hung here, with all proceeds going to the art fund and there are permanent displays of paintings, drawings and installations. The collection brings together work by well-known professional artists like Quentin Blake and paintings by famous surgeons like the transplant pioneer, Sir Roy Calne. Our students will also find a wall of stunning floor-to-ceiling mosaics by Jim Anderson, showing scenes of daily life. The joie de vivre and detail in these could keep you rooted to the spot for hours.
Addenbrooke’s is well worth a visit. Having lovely things to look at in hospital corridors and wards improves the well-being of patients and visitors, including students who need to take a step back from their studies and enjoy the culture that Cambridge has to offer.