I don’t know what the proper administrative term would be for this group, but they must have worked together as a team. Someone wrote Devonshire Hospital on the back of the postcard, but nothing else. If anyone sees any clues about when the photo might have been taken, please leave a comment.
Devonshire Hospital closed in 2000. In 2001 it was acquired and renovated by the University of Derby, which reopened the facility in 2003 as its Buxton Campus. The main building, known as the Devonshire Dome, features the largest unsupported dome in the United Kingdom. When the dome was added to the building in 1881, it was the largest unsupported dome in the world.
When I look at portraits of medical workers, I look for hints of the mental or emotional toll that the work must have taken. Sometimes I think I can see it, but it’s usually well hidden. They were professionals, and that was their burden.