EDWARD VII CONVALESCENT HOME FOR OFFICERS AT OSBORNE HOUSE

After Queen Victoria's death in 1901, the fate of royal residence Osborne House lay in Edward VII's hands. Neither he nor other members of the royal family wished to keep it so he gifted it to the nation.

As part of this process he also created a Convalescent Home for Officers that occupied two wings of the building. It was opened in 1904 with great pride, boasting the very latest in medical facilities. It could accommodate up to fifty officers and had a substantial staff many of whom lived on the estate. Originally only open to the Men's Services and their wives and children, in later years it also welcomed the Women's Services and Civil Servants. Some of the Home's more famous residents include Robert Graves, A A Milne, Stewart Granger and Group Capt Bader. It closed down in 2000.

Many of the spaces once occupied by the Home are now closed to the public and it was an enormous privilege to be granted access to capture this series.

The images were exhibited at Osborne House 7 Sept- 1 Nov 2015 as part of the QuayCrafts
Beyond The Red Rope installations.

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