Hospital Corridor Smellscape
Every hospital has a particular smell, much like every city these smellscapes comprise a specific combination of odours. This project explores how the NHS hospital might be conceived and understood through its smellscape alone. Interactions of people, cleaning equipment and residual food and drink make for a contingent, intense and pervasive smellscape.
The virtual map requires you use your imagination to conjure the smells; from the weak and insipid coffee floating near the hospital canteen to the many bodies in the busy entrance halls, from metallic odours of stale blood emanating from the operating theatre to the sweaty, sticky, stale pong of the waiting room.
Sensing and Modern Health/care Environments network (Wellcome Trust).
This project offers a new way of approaching hospital history, for the benefit of hospital historians, designers and users. It focuses on more recent – and under-studied – hospitals of the National Health Service. It also rethinks the history of healthcare environments through the body and the senses, focusing on how places have felt rather than how they have looked. Visit Hospital Senses to find out more.
2020 – fc