As part of Norfolk Heritage Open Days, members of the public are invited to come and view a specially created exhibition and listen to talks marking 250 years of Norfolk and Norwich Hospital (N&N).

Running from 9 – 18 September at The Forum in Norwich, there will be a free to view exhibition where people can walk through history and find out more about some of the key people behind the N&N including Benjamin Gooch and William Fellows.  On display will also be never before seen artefacts from the old hospital including an old x-ray machine, operating table, anaesthetic machines from 1920-1950 and physio gym exercise bike from 1890.  Plus a cabinet of curiosities which will house the first ever hip replacement by Ken McKee amongst other things plus a display of nurses uniforms through the decades.

Sam Higginson, Chief Executive for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital said: “We’re delighted that our hospital is playing major role in this year’s Heritage Open Days as we celebrate this amazing milestone of treating patients in Norfolk for 250 years.  At this special exhibition, visitors will be able to walk through the past, present and see the future of healthcare in Norfolk, finding out more about the latest developments.”

Katie Ellis, Norfolk Heritage Open Days Event Producer says “It’s wonderful to be celebrating the fascinating history and community heritage of the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital at The Forum as part of Norfolk Heritage Open Days; a brilliant series of free events across the county. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of illuminating talks exploring medicine of the past, and that of the future, giving everybody the chance to learn more about some astounding inventions and discoveries.”

Alongside the exhibition, there will also be a series of talks will take place in The Forum’s Auditorium from ‘How Diabetes Treatment has Changed Over the Centuries’ to ‘Brief History of the Boudicca Breast Unit at NNUH ’.  For more information and to sign up to the talks visit

For the full Norfolk Heritage Open Days programme, visit