Welcome to aturnofthekey

 Memories of Old St.Georges Hospital 1818-1995  and Coton Hill Hospital 1854-1976, Stafford
A shared record of the Life and Times of these once-proud Old Hospitals. 25/02/2012

Copyright © to All Material on the Site is acknowledged as being Retained by the Donor/s – Permission for Use – Is Required


News and Views

(See also  ABOUT  and  ARCHIVED Pages)



“Aturnofthekey” will soon be preserved for the future, as part of The UK Web Archive – Project.


We have kindly been nominated and recommended, by the Staffordshire Record Office, to The British Library, as being a suitable Website
for selection/inclusion in The UK Archive project. At the request of The British Library, I submitted permission, agreeing for them to do so.
I have now received a “confirmation of process” from their Archivist. This may take a little time, but will be completed as soon as possible.

There is a growing amount of Digital Information, with no corresponding, traditional paper equivalent, available to Archive in the usual way.
This project set up in April 2013, is for the selection and collection of material off the Internet, to fill a “Black Hole” in the Nation’s memory.
In April 2013 the British Library began archiving the whole UK Web Domain, under terms of the “Non-Print Legal Deposit Regulations 2013″.
Their Partners, the other five Legal Deposit UK libraries are, the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, the University Library Cambridge,
the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and the Library of Trinity College Dublin.

Access to the whole of the Legal Deposit Web Archive will be possible, only on premises controlled by one of these six Legal Deposit Libraries.
However, “UK Web Archive” can seek additional permissions, from owners of a small selected group of sites, for online access through their site.

This large project will reflect the rich diversity of UK lives and aspects relating to Social, Cultural and Community History, etc. in the UK domain.
It aims to provide with it’s partners, permanent online access to Key Sites, safeguarding and preserving their presence for future generations.
Sites will be visited regularly, taking snapshots to be stored individually in the Archive, which will provide a record of their evolution over time.
It is intended for the use of –  Academic and Personal Researchers – Teachers – Journalists – Policy Makers – The General Reader – and More.

Some of the other Key Institutions the British Library have worked with include:- The National Archives, The Wellcome Library, The Womens Library London, The Live Arts Development Agency, The Society of Friends Library, J I S C  Digital Technology in Education and Research.

Much more information is available from – The UK Web Archive Website –  HERE

The Staffs Public Consultation – about the Future of the Staffs Archive Serice – is Still Open from 19th June to 14th August online  HERE
Anyone who completes a consultation form can be entered into a free prize draw to win Find My Past vouchers HERE
and a family pass to the historic Shugborough Estate in Stafford HERE .


Some of your Recent Pictures, Bordered Temporarily in red, on the Relevant Pages

Hover over Photos for Donor ID, Info., etc.  –   Left Click to Enlarge

Uploaded  23/6/2015  See   ” Staff Events/Club ”  page

 EddyH 004  Retirement of - Matron - Miss Alan
Uploaded 17/7/2015  See  “Place and People” page


 Some of your Recent Anecdotes – See More of these Here



“A Statuesque Lady and a Somewhat-Smaller Man” – a Very Personal Experience – by Brian Simms … 

(25/07/15)   An Uncomfortable Start – by Bill Sim . . .

You can also – “Post your Comments” – on the “Anecdotes” page


A Few Words about using the Comment facility.

Depicting a Hospital’s life and care of it’s People throughout it’s long history, on an Open, Public- Access Site, can raise some Sensitive issues.
We all have very individual perceptions of these old Places and People, some of them may be Positive, some of them may not always be so.
Whilst trying to be truthful, the Site will always attempt to reflect these differing Viewpoints, hopefully –  in as Acceptable a way as is possible.
Your general Comments and Remarks, published on the Site, are very Welcome and much Appreciated. Be they Memories, Questions, Ideas, Suggestions etc., reflecting some of your own Experiences and or Perceptions, they do add extra Authenticity, Variety and Colour to the Site.
In recognition of the above, please, always try to be – Respectful of it’s People – and – do Contact me if I have missed anything untoward.


182 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Hi Roy, I remember them well. Bouncy but genial Gordon and his more austere Boss made sure nothing went out of Stores unless you could prove need of it.
    I’m sure you must have some experiences/events which you could recount as Anecdotes – let me know about them.

  2. bill said:

    Hi Roy, long time no see. How are you doing , are you near retirement now.

  3. Roy Shirley said:

    Hi Bill
    I have now retired I finished 3 years ago, it doesn’t seem that long ago since I was your student at the male admission ward.

  4. Bill said:

    HI ROy NIce to hear from you bet you are enjoying being retired I do 25years now

  5. Roy Shirley said:

    it took a while to get used to the idea of not having to go to work, I admit I missed the friendship of my colleagues, but 3 years on, now I don’t know if I have the time to go to work.

  6. You can now, also, Post Comments directly on the Anecdotes page

  7. New Anecdotes Posted

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