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St. Mary's students learn about life in a WW1 hospital


Students from St. Mary’s College went back in time this week to learn about life in a World War One military hospital. A party of 52 year 9 history students visited Dunham Massey, a stately home near Altrincham, which was used as a hospital for soldiers recovering from injuries sustained on the Western Front during the Great War.
As part of commemorations to mark the centenary of the start of the conflict, the elegant Georgian house has been converted into Stamford Military Hospital to tell the story of its wartime role. Between 1917 add 1919 almost 300 soldiers passed through its doors to be treated for conditions including bullet and shrapnel wounds, trench foot, gassing and shell shock.
During their visit the students were able to examine copies of the medical records of four soldiers treated at the hospital. Of these two recovered from their injuries and returned to the front, only to be killed in action later. However, one soldier’s story had a happier ending, as he married one of the nurses who had treated him at Dunham Massey.
Later in the day pupils went on a guided tour of the house, viewing rooms that have been cleared of their antique furniture and paintings and replaced with beds as in the original wards. They also saw a recreation of the hospital’s operating theatre in its original location at the foot of an ornate staircase. Here they were able to listen to an audio tape of the recollections of Lady Jane Grey - daughter of Lady Stamford who owned Dunham Massey - who had served as a nurse at the hospital when she was just 17.
Head of History, Niall Rothnie, commented, “This was a very successful visit to an exhibition which is a great tribute to the hundreds of stately homes and other buildings used as auxiliary hospitals and convalescence homes during the Great War. The use of actors dressed as soldiers and nurses, who recreated incidents that actually happened at the hospital, really brought to life what it was like for patients treated at Dunham Massey, and the staff who cared for them.”



Peel Ports visit Sixth Formers to discuss Liverpool2 scheme




Students at St. Mary’s College have been finding out about one of the area’s most important infrastructure developments from a key player in the project.
Peel Ports Liverpool2 Business Partner Lyndsey Maloney visited the school to talk to Sixth Formers taking business studies and geography at A Level, about the company’s new £300-million Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal at Seaforth. Lyndsey explained to pupils that 2 vessels up to 380 metres long each and over 50 metres wide, carrying as many as 13,500 TEUs (a TEU is a 20ft container) will be able to berth at Liverpool2 simultaneously
Students heard that the new terminal is expected to create 400 direct new jobs at the Port of Liverpool, with a further 4,500 jobs being created in the region’s maritime and logistics supply chains over the next five years. In her entertaining and well-received talk, Lyndsey also spoke to Sixth Formers about potential career opportunities in the sector. She explained, “Employment in the maritime sector is expected to double over the next 20 years, and Merseyside and the wider North West stands to benefit enormously from this growth. Investments like Liverpool2 have the potential to make a very positive contribution to an import- and export-led economic recovery in the region. However, for this recovery to be sustainable we will need more people to pursue a career in the maritime sector, and to continue investing in the skills of our workforce.”
St. Mary’s Careers Co-ordinator Cath Howard commented,: “We’re very grateful to Lyndsey for taking the time to talk to our students about her important role in charge of recruitment, training and community affairs for this key development for the region.”


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