Sheffield Hospitals History Group Members

The Group would like to hear from anyone who has memories, memorabilia, artefacts, stories or photos of any of the old Sheffield Hospitals. Perhaps you or members of your family worked there. If you or anyone else you know can help expand our collection then please contact us


Telephone: Sue Coulson, Business Manager, Board of Directors on 0114 2713071.

Current Members

David Baldwin

David is a retired NHS Manager who worked in the service for 41 years. His managerial posts in Sheffield ranged from Superintendent of the Jessop Hospital for Women (1972-1974) to General Manager of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital (1983 – 1991). He has a special interest within the group in the various ways in which the pre-NHS hospitals connected with the communities they served and to the part played in that relationship by the iron and steel magnates and other entrepreneurs who laid the foundations of the city’s wealth and prosperity.

Michael C Collins

Mike joined the Group four years ago when he retired from his post as a consultant radiologist. In addition to the work of the Group, Mike has specific interests in the history of Sheffield hospitals in WW1, the funding of the Voluntary Hospitals and in the early history of X-Rays in the city.

Sue Coulson

Sue is the Business Manager for the Board of Directors working within the Chief Executive’s Office of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. She has worked in the health service for 39 years and started work at the Royal Infirmary in 1977 as a junior typist in the Administrators Office. She then transferred to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in 1979 shortly after its opening to work as a shorthand typist in the Unit Administrators office and later took up the post of Personal Assistant to the General Manager (David Baldwin) of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. It was as part of that role that she began working with the late Dr. Harold Swan (Consultant Haematologist and founder of the collection) to catalogue the collection and has continued to be involved to date and provides administrative and managerial support to the group.

Mary Garside

Mary is a retired nurse and health visitor. She trained in general nursing and midwifery, mostly at the Northern General Hospital. After 11 years working as a nurse she trained as a health visitor and spent over 30 years working in the community, mainly in the North of Sheffield. Her particular interest within the history group is in nursing and midwifery and the history of the Northern General Hospital.

Lyn Howsam

Lyn worked at the Northern General Hospital for many years. She was a nursing auxiliary on Maternity for 14 years before moving into Cardio Medical Records, later becoming Clerical support to the Cardiac Transplant Coordinator. Since leaving she has become very interested in Family & Social History and is especially interested in the history of the Northern General Hospital from its early beginnings as a Workhouse. This interest has led to the publication of Memories of the Workhouse & Old Hospital at Fir Vale, followed by Life in the Workhouse & Old Hospital at Fir Vale.

David Winfield

David is a retired Consultant Haematologist. He trained at the Sheffield Medical School from 1962 - 1967 and did his postgraduate training in haematology under the guidance of Professor Eddie Blackburn and Dr. Harold Swan. In 1974 he was appointed Consultant to the Derby Hospitals and in 1982 returned to Sheffield and worked at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. His major interest was in malignant blood diseases such as leukaemia and myeloma and in the late 1980’s developed a Bone Marrow Transplant Unit which is now a major centre in the UK. Nationally he was President of the Association of Clinical Pathologists and Chairman of the Haematology Examiners of the Royal College of Pathologists.

Philip Woodhouse

Philip is a retired fire brigade officer and NHS fire officer. Has had 45 years experience in the fire service and in fire engineering. Special interests within the Group are the buildings and architectural heritage of the Northern General site and restoration of related artefacts. Outside interests include restoration of historical vehicles and regional history.

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