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MREH 200

Celebrating our Bicentenary

In 2014, we celebrated 200 years since the hospital was founded and there was a programme of events and activities throughout the year where there was plenty of opportunity to get involved, attending events or sharing memories and experiences.

An Open Day took place to celebrate the bicentenary of the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital on the 200th anniversary of the hospital inauguration on Trafalgar Day 1814: Tuesday 21st October 2014.

The hospital opened its doors to the public for a behind-the-scenes look at the operational side of a hospital that treats a quarter of a million patients a year. Patients and members of the public joined staff past and present on this day to take a tour of the hospital.

Click here to view a photo gallery of the day

Highlights for visitors included:

  • Information and displays on the clinical trials which have happened or are currently happening at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
  • Demonstration of abnormal colour vision and electrophysiology, including the chance to look at some virtual reality eyewear
  • A display of the history of the Eye Bank, including information about donation and corneal grafts and footage of a corneal transplant
  • Videos of procedures relating to ocular prosthetics, including custom iris painting techniques
  • Taking a visual acuity test
  • Demonstration of eye conditions using simulation spectacles
  • Demonstration of diagnostic equipment and non-mydriatic fundus camera to photograph the eye
  • A tour of the operating theatres, demonstrations of advances in surgery through displays of equipment and footage of operations
  • An exhibition of paintings that celebrate 200 years of research into vision undertaken in Manchester. Artist Lucy Burscough and her 'Look200' project are part of the Manchester Science Festival, run by MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry)

Mr Nicholas Jones, Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon and Chair of the bicentenary organising committee said:

"This is a very important year for Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, and I am thrilled to be part of the team organising the Bicentenary of one of the world's most celebrated eye hospitals."

See the full MREH 200 Conference Programme here