An audio tour exploring the Royal Pavilion’s use as a First World War hospital.

The tour is an optional alternative to the standard tour of the Pavilion.

WW1 Indian patients in the Saloon, 1915
WW1 Indian patients in the Saloon, 1915

This tour tells a story far removed from the stylish decadence of George IV’s pleasure palace. It tells the tale of the Royal Pavilion’s use as a military hospital during WW1, both as a hospital for Indian soldiers (1914-1916) and as a hospital for ‘Limbless’ British men (1916-1920).

The tour reveals why the Royal Pavilion was chosen for use as a hospital for Indian soldiers, and how pioneering treatment helped rehabilitate men who had lost arms or legs during the war. It also explores some of the complex issues surrounding the hospital, such as relationships between the patients and female nurses, and its political impact both home and abroad.

The tour has been produced in collaboration with Davinder Dhillon and Tom Donovan of the Chattri Memorial Group, who both feature on the tour. it also includes contributions from several museum curators.

Visitors following the WW1 tour can see some original exhibits from the period in the Indian Military Hospital gallery.

The WW1 Pavilion Military Hospital audio tour was funded by Arts Council England, and is part of our programme of events marking the centenary of the First World War.

 

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