Britannia Sandersteads helped transport fascinating art and artefacts for the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. As they have donated hundreds of items from the former Royal Earlswood Hospital in Redhill to a new museum at the Downs Syndrome Association’s Headquarters near Teddington, Middlesex.
Since the closure of Royal Earlswood in 1997 a few of the most important items have been on display at the Belfry Shopping Centre in Redhill, while the Royal Earlswood Museum Committee and Surrey Heritage have searched for a permanent home for the entire museum.
Sanderstead’s removal crew had to wait until the Belfry Shopping Centre closed for the night, before they could undertake the delicate task of relocating precious artefacts, including important pieces of work by James Henry Pullen (1835 – 1916), known in his day as the Idiot Genius of the Earlswood Asylum.
The photo on the right shows the removal crew transporting the intricate model of the SS Great Eastern (Brunel’s Iron Sailing Steam Ship) and Freda Knight, Curator and Chairman of the Royal Earlswood Museum Committee.
The move went to plan perfectly and the artifacts have all been settled into their new positions for visitors to enjoy in the new exhibition once it’s opened at The Langdon Down Centre. Freda Knight said, “John Burleigh, the REM Committee’s Conservator, and I went over to LDC by train on Tuesday, and arrived at 11am, just as the crew were unloading the last few pieces. Please give our thanks to the lads for a tricky job done well. Everything arrived safely. Again many many thanks for a professional job.”