We were joined by John Harries, a current PhD candidate and former consultant, to discuss how space and place affects how people react to locations such as hospices - what he calls 'contemporary archaeology'

John was interested in talking to our staff and volunteers, as well as patients and family visitors, to document their experience of a modern hospice space and how it affects mood, sentiment and the ideas we hold around death and dying. 

Over the course of two days, John interviewed over two dozen participants for an hour each and learned more about what makes our hospice unique in terms of the impact of its architecture. 

John will also be travelling around the rest of the UK to visit other hospices with less modern facilities, annexes to older buildings, completely new facilities and everything in between in an attempt to pinpoint how architecture precisely impacts people at the end of life or experiencing end of life care.