Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be talking about Broughton House (just over the border into Salford). I’ll be joined in the studio by Owen Hammond, who works in the military museum at Broughton House (as well as volunteering as a befriender).
Broughton House was founded as a hospital for soldiers in 1917, by William Coates (later Colonel Sir William Coates). In the summer of 1916, hospitals across the North West were struggling to cope with the influx of casualties of WWI. Coates had been organising hospitals across the North West since the war began and saw there was a crisis at hand. He found accommodation – an old villa near Manchester (large enough to accommodate 40-50 beds) – and formed a charity along with the Mayor of Manchester and the Earl of Derby to fundraise. Broughton House was ready to receive its first patient in May 1917, and it continues to offer care to veterans to this day.
I’ll be talking to Owen about the history of Broughton House, its military museum, and the ambitious plans for its future.
In addition to this, I’ll be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers. And – in the second hour of the show – I’ll be sharing an exciting announcement about one of North Manchester’s iconic (but somewhat dilapidated) buildings. Find out more on Tuesday!
Catch the show on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
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