Back to the Future for Thelma

Topping off a wonderful society meeting in Birmingham last month was a fabulous opportunity to show Thelma Bates, our longest standing member, the Medical School and Teaching Hospital in which she trained and subsequently qualified in 1952, only a few years after the end of the Second World War.

To our absolute delight the Art Deco Medical School buildings were open on the Sunday for conscientious young medical students and we were willingly allowed access to explore the library area and corridors and view the inner court gardens and clock tower of the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The climax was arguably our fortuitous meeting with medical students on the steps to the main entrance who were fascinated by the occasion and keen to engage in conversation. Then we all lined up to replicate the 1952 photograph as closely as we could, brilliantly captured by Annie’s expert photographic skill, 67 years apart. No prize for easily recognising Thelma in the third row of her Class of 51-52 Photo.

A thoroughly memorable occasion, enjoy!

John Glaholm, December 2019