Feminist efforts of a group of women doctors and philanthropists culminated in the opening of the Manchester Babies’ Hospital in August 1914. The hospital rapidly expanded to provide surgical facilities for newborns, open air treatments and community education. 

Ref. MMC/9/17/1/2

Chisholm used scientific research to drive real improvements in community health. Her research on rickets in Manchester identified various causes, but Chisholm focused on empowering mothers to ‘prevent or overcome this disease’ through better diet and fresh air.

Ref. Guthrie Papers

Manuscript Curator and Archivist, Elizabeth Gow, reveals how Catherine Chisholm overcame resistance to open up opportunities for women doctors.