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Model of a field hospital bed, England, 1914-1918

Hinged at the middle and each leg, this bed can be folded to a third of its size. The model represents a bed likely to be found in field hospitals behind the front lines of battle or used by men usually awaiting transport home during the First World War. The canvas mattress is stretched across the frame and tied in place and the collapsible nature of the bed means that it can easily be packed up and transported.

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Glossary: hospital bed

A piece of furniture used for sleeping on. Usually a metal or wooden framework with a mattress and coverings

Glossary: model - representation

Use for a scaled representation of an object or structure, usually three-dimensional. The item is often idealised or modified to make it conceptually easier to understand.

Glossary: field hospital

A temporary hospital set up near a combat zone to provide emergency care for the wounded.