Hospital staff, 1950s

A large group of hospital staff, 1950s

The formality of earlier group portraits is somewhat eased here, with nurses showing more of their personalities in the photo. The iconic white aprons and starched caps of the national nursing uniform that was introduced when the NHS was established is worn by nursing staff, while physicians can be seen in day clothes typical of gentlemen at the time. Visiting benefactors in afternoon dress are centrally seated in the photograph, flanked by Matron and a young physician.

Image courtesy of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.