Medilink member Bolton Surgical met Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at the Thackray Museum in Leeds on 8 February 2016.
The Princess’ visit to the Thackray Museum marks a centenary since King George V visited the Military War Hospital during the 1st World War, the building having formerly housed the Leeds Union Workhouse.
The connection between Bolton Surgical and Thackray’s originates from the 1950’s when they supplied surgical scissors through Thomas Rudd and Sons of Sheffield. Thackray’s were one of a number of trade customers supplied by Bolton Surgical before they decided to supply the NHS directly in the 1960’s.
When the museum opened almost 20 years ago, Mr William and Mr Peter Bolton were approached in the hope they could assist with offering exhibits. After a search in their archives, Bolton Surgical we were able to offer the museum many artefacts. These included ‘Bullet Forceps’ manufactured during the 2nd World War for removing bullets from the wounded.
Lyndsey Bolton (Commercial Director) said of her discussion with HRH The Princess Royal “it was great to showcase the company to Her Royal Highness. She was extremely interested in the products and in particular the use of materials such as stainless steel and tungsten carbide, including their benefits in terms of durability and sterilisation properties. I also had the opportunity to speak with The Lord Lieutenant, Dr Ingrid Roscoe who was particularly interested in our range of retractors and was impressed to hear of our export business in the Middle East, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.”
Following a viewing of the exhibition, Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque commemorating the centenary visit of King George V.
Medilink member Bolton Surgical are proud to have been one of the many suppliers of Surgical Instruments to Chas. Thackray & Sons during the 1960’s and 70’s and therefore have a particular connection to the museum.