The HOSPITALS OF INVERNESS
Launched Friday 3rd March 2017 Inverness Townhouse
Over 80 guests attended our launch which turned out to be a lively meeting with old friendships renewed and much animated conversation. We are most grateful to Provost Carmichael for granting us the Town Hall and for her welcome. We also thank her staff for their all their help and our caterers who put on an excellent buffet lunch.
We thank Dr David Alston for giving an excellent Foreword and Alison Mason and staff from the Highland Archive Centre for the presentation on the hospital records within the Highland Archives. On our first day we issued around 70 copies of The Hospitals of Inverness which is a record for our tiny publishing house!
Who are we?
Jim and Steve Leslie established the History of Highland Hospital project in 2008. A 2 year research programme was supported by the NHS Highland Endowment fund and the Centre for History at the University of the Highlands and Islands. A comprehensive report in May 2010 documented the history of over 60 Highland hospitals including fever hospitals poorhouses and maternity homes. Many of them are long forgotten. Some have no existing records. Since then we have discovered others!
In 2011, after more research we started to produce booklets for each area of the Highlands. They are low cost and we hope that as many people as possible will read them and respond to us with more information. Many sources have been lost and it would be good if we can unearth more documentation tucked away in drawers and attics!
We sell booklets through Old Manse Books, set up specifically for this purpose with Moira Leslie as marketing manager. Printing costs are supported by the NHS Endowment Fund and proceeds of sales are ploughed back into further publications. The hope is that the project can be self sustaining through booklet sales. Much additional research is carried out in preparation for each booklet and our ultimate aim is the most comprehensive knowledge possible of the development of hospitals in the Highlands of Scotland.
If you have any information you wish to share or would like more information please do not hestiate to contact us. Just use the contacts below or the feedback sheet on the next page.
Jim and Steve Leslie
Old Manse Books,
The Old Manse, Station Road,
Avoch, IV9 8RW.