Dame Agnes Hunt’s remarkable story – in her own words

Release Date: 05/07/2017

Dame Agnes Hunt’s remarkable story – in her own words

The autobiography of Dame Agnes Hunt – one of Shropshire’s most notable figures of the 20th Century – has been republished as part of a big Year of Celebration at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.

Dame Agnes told her fascinating story in This Is My Life, which was first published in 1938 and chronicles a remarkable life that took her from Shropshire to Australia and back again.

But it has now been reprinted, including an insert of fascinating photos and a new introduction, as part of a Year of Celebration to mark 150 years since her birth and 160 years since the birth of the hospital’s co-founder Sir Robert Jones.

Proceeds of the sale will go the hospital’s League of Friends, who have paid for the latest reprint. It is priced at £9.99 and is available from the League of Friends Shop in the Main Entrance.

Mark Brandreth, Chief Executive of RJAH, said: “I have become familiar with Dame Agnes’s story since taking up my post here, and it really is the most remarkable legacy that she has left behind.

“Her book is enlightening and entertaining, and I am delighted that we have been able to arrange for a special edition to be printed in our Year of Celebration.”

Victoria Sugden, Charity Director of the League of Friends, added: “We were only too happy to provide support to reprint Dame Agnes’s autobiography when we were first approached.

“So much of what we do is about supporting the hospital in making improvements with the future in mind.

“This is about celebrating our illustrious history, and in our Year of Celebration that is so appropriate. It is a great read and I would urge patients, visitors and staff alike to get hold of a copy.”

The new pictures which appear within this reprint have been sourced by the hospital’s Archives Officer Marie Carter, and help illustrate the story.

“Over the years I have been able to build up an extensive library of photos chronicling the lives of both Dame Agnes Hunt and Sir Robert Jones,” said Marie.

“There are 12 pages of pictures inserted into the middle of the book and these evocative images really help bring her words to life.”

Copyright of the book is held by Derwen College, situated next door to RJAH, and who were also founded by Dame Agnes. We are grateful to them for their support. Derwen College are this year celebrating the 90th anniversary of their foundation.

Pictured: With copies of the reprinted book, and next to a portrait of Dame Agnes Hunt that hangs in the Main Entrance of RJAH are, from left, Marie Carter, Archives Officer, and Victoria Sugden, Charity Director of the League of Friends.

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