A fond farewell

The Maitland Hospital has served its local community in the lower Hunter in NSW for over 175 years.

As part of the transition from the old to the new site, and as an acknowledgement of the important role that The Maitland Hospital has played in the local community, the Collected Memory Project was initiated as a partnership between Hunter New England Local Health District, Health Infrastructure and Maitland City Council.

It has indentified a variety of art and heritage items from the current site that will be displayed in public spaces of the new Maitland Hospital so there is a connection to the old hospital.  

The Maitland Regional Art Gallery is also hosting an exhibition, A Conspicuous Object – The Maitland Hospital that is part of our fond farewell.  Ten artists were tasked with capturing the diversity of experiences, people, items and places that make up Maitland Hospital. Each artist focused on a particular aspect of the hospital and its history. The result is a collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs and more capturing the messages and themes of these stories.  Historical items from The Maitland Hospital collection are also on display including a rocking horse, name boards and old medical instruments.  The exhibition runs until 6 February 2022. 

The Conspicuous Object website is a virtual collection of memories and stories about The Maitland Hospital that have been shared by former staff, patients and community members.