Celebrate European Heritage Day at Royal Victoria Hospital


As part of European Heritage Open Days, two important aspects of the unique heritage of the Royal Victoria Hospital will be open to the public.

On Saturday, 10 September 2011, 9.30am-3.00 pm, you can experience a piece of history in the original 1903 Victorian corridor, engine house and air conditioning system.

Engine house and air conditioning system - The plenum air-conditioning system was incorporated into the Royal Victoria Hospital in 1903 and at that time this technology was the most advanced in any hospital in the British Isles. Through the system fresh air is filtered, humidified and warmed before being forced by a huge fan up a 500 foot duct and distributed to the wards. On the 11 September there will be an opportunity to see the steam engines working and to view the fan and duct.

Directions: The engine house and air conditioning system is sited adjacent to the Emergency Department. Visitors should park in the main hospital car park and follow the signs to the Emergency Department.

Victorian corridor – This corridor is directly above the ventilation duct and originally gave access to the wards of the 1903 hospital. Facing them, on the Grosvenor Road side, were the old outpatient department and staff offices and accommodation. Now the corridor is being refurbished as a heritage area with marble tablets from the wards, early hospital plans and historical photographs.

Directions: The Victorian corridor can be accessed from level 2 of the Royal Victoria Hospital. Visitors should go to the main entrance of the new Royal Victoria Hospital and follow the signs.


Further information is available from:

  • Professor Richard Clarke, Archivist, phone 028 9063 3686
  • Hilary Cromie, Arts Coordinator, phone 028 9063 4186

European Heritage Open Days

European Heritage Open Days celebrates our fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. From 10-11September, over 260 buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture.

For details of other open day venues go to: http://www.ni-environment.gov.uk/events/events-ehod.htm