Commemorative medal, Bilston Cholera Orphan School

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Date:3rd of August 1833

Description:White metal commemorative medallion struck to mark the opening of Bilston Cholera Orphan School on 3 August 1833. Maker: T. Ottley. A contemporary newspaper report stated: "Previous to the opening several hundred neat and well executed medals had been prepared ... to commemorate the sad event, and one of the them was suspended, by a black riband, round the neck of each child". 742 people died during the outbreak in Bilston in 1832. A year later the Cholera Orphan School was opened

Obverse: view of Orphan School and inscription: 'CHOLERA ORPHAN SCHOOL BY CHOLERA UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE OPENED AUGUST. 3. 1833 NUMBER OF ORPHANS 450'.

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Donor ref:66.073.0001 (37/42258)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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