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Dame Gracie Field – an honorary Brimmin?

February 1, 2010

Whilst researching Dame Hilda Lloyd for our list of great Brummie women, I came across this article in the Times Higher.  What a peculiar story.  Highly appropriate for here as it links two of the women on our list (Hilda Lloyd and Jane Bunford) and creates an intriguing connection with the fabulous Gracie. We may not be able to claim her as a great Birmingham Woman, but if the story is true, she certainly left her mark on the city in a more direct way than we might have predicted!

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  1. February 1, 2010 11:05 pm

    I’ve spotted that a number of visitors to this post haven’t clicked through to discover the full glorious detail of this hidden treasure. So, to avoid your possible disappointment, I quote the relevant bit here:

    “Among the other specimens is a preserved human uterus, reputed to have been removed from Dame Gracie Fields. Shortly before the Second World War, the singer, famous for her song Sally, allegedly had a hysterectomy at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. It was said to have been carried out by the leading gynaecologist Dame Hilda Lloyd, the university’s first female professor. But there are no official records to confirm that the uterus in the collection belonged to Dame Gracie.

    The school’s now-disbanded anatomy collection once included the skeleton of Jane Bunford, who at 2.36m (7ft 9in) was once the tallest-known woman in the world.”

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