Copy of a food warmer used in the Lister Ward, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 1925-1927
This foot warmer was used to give warmth and comfort to patients who were resting in the hospital wards. Made from tinned iron, the warmer would have been filled with hot water and secured with a cork. The cork in this example is from a whisky bottle! This copy was made in 1927 to commemorate one hundred years since Joseph Lister’s birth. Joseph Lister (1827-1912) pioneered antiseptic techniques on the surgical wards of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary from 1860-1869. The Lister wards were considered to be of such historical importance that it had been planned to convert one into a museum as a tribute to Lister’s discoveries. However, the wards were demolished in 1924.
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Glossary: foot warmer
Object or clothing designed to keep feet warm.
The practice of using antiseptic drugs to eliminate harmful micro-organisms.