Vivian Hughes at Quarry Hospital Llanberis, Part 5 DVD



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Using archive and recent footage, this video shows what life was like for the men working at the Dinorwic quarry in Llanberis, North Wales.

The quarry was suddenly closed in 1969 and many items were sold off before agreement was reached to create the National Slate Museum to help preserve the heritage of the quarry and the men who worked there.

Hugh Richard Jones, the quarry’s former chief engineer, was appointed manager of the museum.

Running for over two hours, this video includes information on the quarry closure and sale, and the creation of the Slate Museum which was made possible by funding from the National Lottery.

In particular, the video features a talk by Vivian Hughes about his time living at the Quarry Hospital where his father, Griffith Samuel Hughes, worked as a medical officer from 1909-1962, looking after the health of some 3,000 quarrymen.

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Opening Quarries Hospital: Vivian Hughes, meets patients.
On 26th October 2010 the Re-opening  of the Quarries Hospital National Slate Museum. Vivian Hughes’ (1939-2014) Lecture re-visits his family home, tells us about his family’s history.
His father Griffith Samuel Hughes worked in the hospital from 1909-1962 . A medical officer for 56 years, looking after up to 3,000 quarrymen was a full-time job. His mother was a Belgium refugee from the WW1, was marriage in 1920 and moved to live-in in the early 30’s.
Vivian was a wartime baby living in a working hospital was normal growing up see injured quarrymen being treated from dust in their eyes, to badly cut figures, arms and legs to broken bones put into splints. Vivian was able to describe in great-detail the old layout of every room. The way the hospital was run, each patient was treated with lots of the home comforts not found in their own homes. There was constant hot-water, a coal fire in the ward, home made food. Outside the grounds were kept tidy with green lawns and flower beds, even flowers in the medical wards.
Vivian as a young boy mixed with the local children and learnt to speak Welsh fluently in the Junior School. As it was wartime the Hospital was self self-sufficient as possible keeping 6 to 12 chickens, 2 cats, 1 dog and later a small pony. Found abandoned as a very young foal and rescued by Vivian, made up an animal farm.
On leaving junior school had one year at the newly built Secondary Modern School, Caernarfon.
A year later was lucky enough to go away to a Roman Catholic Boarding School, now able to speak Welsh, English and French was well on the way to a good education. As Vivian’s Mother was Belgium, on leaving school Vivian went into his Uncle’s Export/Import business in Belgium at the age 18. After a full year, his Uncle advised Vivian go back to England and do his duty as a national serviceman, still compulsory in 1957. On joining the Military Police as an officer, after training was posted the Malaysia. There he had many adventures, after celebrating his 21 birthday one of his friends starting calling puss, puss down a storm-drain, only to get a hissing back from a King Cobra Snake.
Back In Dinorwic getting measured for a civilian suit, paid for by the Army. The tailor asked what kind of work was Vivian looking for, no idea was the reply. Then the tailor said the cloth and suit material supplier “Chester Barry” where looking for staff. After 2 weeks Vivian found he was on the train to Crewe with a successful interview now under his belt, he soon settled down to learn his second chance to earn a living. Only one year passed bye a European Representative’s job was going, luckily French speaking got Vivian his first big break. Read full story in our PDF eBook easy to Download,  DVD versions by snail-post-free:
Vivian Hughes Autobiography: From Quarry Hospital to International Salesman: fully illustrated 1-4 Parts.