BWH TIME CAPSULE

Boston, MA

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Exhibit Design: Proun Design, LLC
Exhibit Fabrication: Mystic Scenic Studios

What was the state of the art in medical technology in 1963? What were the hopes and dreams of doctors of that era? How would surgery and patient care evolve? A time capsule created by the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital on its 50th anniversary to be opened at it's centennial in 2013 reveals much about how far we've come and how far we've yet to go in the field of medicine and medical practices.

The time capsule features examples of the latest medical innovations of the age and letters from doctors to their counterparts in the future. Plastic blood bags, plastic syringes, and plastic catheters—commonly used now—were a major breakthrough in 1963. Letters predicting a "cancer pill" or breakthroughs in organ transplantation or an end to cardiovascular disease reveal issues that are still relevant today.

The objects from the time capsule are displayed in internally lit cases built into a handsomely designed horizontal panel. A large photo mural and title commemorating the creation of the time capsule integrates the display in a dramatic 4 story atrium.