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Hospital ward sign, England, 1948-1970

The sign describes the visiting arrangements for a hospital ward. It suggests that the hospital authorities considered that children under the age of fourteen could be noisy and perhaps cause stress and discomfort to patients. Visitors were admitted at the matron’s and ward sister’s discretion, highlighting the key role they played in the day-to-day running of an NHS ward.

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Glossary: sign

An entity that signifies another entity. Often a publicly displayed board giving information

Glossary: regulatory sign

Sign that is intended to regulate behavior, displaying such information as prohibitions or rules of order or conduct.