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Staff & patients in C Ward
Staff & patients in C Ward of Quex Park VAD Hospital. The patients are all wearing 'hospital blues' with the exception of one man who is a Belgian solder (holding a tray with glasses). The men are sitting on and standing by seating over a heating vent; this remains today (2014) in Gallery 3 of the Powell-Cotton Museum. The screens behind, marked 'plate glass,' were placed over the glass fronts of the large cases holding mammal dioramas in the Museum. At the left of the photograph can be seen the frame of the glass case holding the mounts of the Lion & Buffalo fighting; this also remains in the gallery today (2014). The Quex Park VAD Hospital opened on 15 October 1914 and closed on 31 January 1919. The hospital was run by Kent/178, the Birchington Detachment. The Commandant was Hannah Powell-Cotton (1881-1964), wife of Major Percy HG Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) of Quex Park, founder of the Powell-Cotton Museum. Date: C.1915
© The Powell-Cotton Museum Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library
Divers with underwater house off the coast of Malta
Divers attempt to anchor an Underwater House to the seabed, some 50 feet deep, in Paradise Bay, off the coast of Malta. The inflatable house was equipped with lighting, telephone and immersion heaters with which the inhabitants could make hot drinks. It was constructed by teams of engineers and diving enthusiasts from Imperial College of Science and Technology and Enfield College of Technology. It was 9ft long and 6ft wide, constructed from rubberised material on a steel frame, and weighed around 500 lb. The team leader was David Baume who hoped it would be the first of a series of low cost underwater living spaces from which scientists could explore the seas. David and some other team members were able to spend a night 30 feet below the surface. The following day a severe storm caused the house to collapse. Date: 1969
© Mary Evans Picture Library/DAVID LEWIS HODGSON