Hospital art has an eye on Bucks’ rich literary heritage

Stoke Mandeville Hospital's Ophthalmology Department brightened up with Quentin Blake pictures -  pictured are consultant Sarah Maling, - Liz Williams - Mr Blakes archivist and matron Stephanie Hartley PNL-160208-151452009
Stoke Mandeville Hospital's Ophthalmology Department brightened up with Quentin Blake pictures - pictured are consultant Sarah Maling, - Liz Williams - Mr Blakes archivist and matron Stephanie Hartley PNL-160208-151452009

You can’t imagine Roald Dahl without Quentin Blake, and now you won’t be able to imagine the Stoke Mandeville Hospital Opthalmology Department without thinking of him either.

Some of the beloved author’s most famous characters will now greet children as they come in for eye treatment, 
thanks to the generosity of the artist who created the iconic images.

Recognisable characters such as Matilda and the BFG now adorn the walls, after Mr Blake responded to a request from the children’s eye team.

And at a special ceremony last week, Liz Williams, the illustrator’s archivist was on hand to unveil the famous 
works, which coincide with events to celebrate what would have been the Great Missden-based writer’s 100th 
birthday.