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Chris Porsz photography installation planned for Peterborough hospital

Plans to install a photography exhibition at Peterborough City Hospital, thanks to a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, are set to go ahead "as soon as able" after the pandemic stalled the project.
Photographs featured in Chris's recent release, Just Be Kind, are set to be displayed at the hospital (Photo: Chris Porsz)

In 2019, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWAFT) received a grant of £58,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a number of activities that were intended to be undertaken over an 18-month period across the Trust.

The project plans included proper archiving of heritage items, featuring 100-year-old diabetic testing kits, a letter from Sir Winston Churchill, early anaesthetic kits and a permanent installation of local photographer Chris Porsz's work in Peterborough hospitals over the last few decades, which he released in a book, Just Be Kind, last year.

The Covid-19 pandemic stalled the plans, but the heritage lead at NWAFT has confirmed the photography exhibition will be installed as soon as possible. Taff Gidi said: "North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust was awarded £58,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support our project celebrating our hospitals' heritage.

"The project was well underway with a photography installation due to be put up at Peterborough City Hospital back in March 2020. However, due to the pandemic, the project was suspended. As soon as we are able to, the exhibition at Peterborough City Hospital will be installed.

"We have understandably paused all other elements of the project in consultation with the National Lottery Heritage Fund and will re-evaluate what we can still deliver once we are out of the pandemic."

Speaking about the project, Chris Porsz told Peterborough Matters: "I'm delighted by the news. We started talking about it about a year ago, but the pandemic halted discussions and then it seemed best to wait until the book was out so that the team could pick the pictures they wanted from there.

"But I think the installation will be such a great tribute to the staff. So many have such fond memories of Peterborough District Hospital and I'm just glad I could be there to capture those moments in time."

Other plans included the creation of a community stained glass window, as well as events, community talks and theatre performances to highlight the heritage of the Trust.