Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre

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The Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre is home to Europe’s largest nursing specific collection of materials.

In 2013 we opened an exciting new space which includes publicly accessible exhibitions, a cafe and a shop within the Library space.

Also publicly accessible is a new space celebrating our Nursing History Collection – enabling visitors to browse nursing history texts, access some of our historic printed collection and to browse smaller exhibitions curated with the RCN History of Nursing Society.

A programme of public events is planned for 2014.

Venue Type:

Library, Museum

Opening hours

Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm (closed during August)

Admission charges

Entry is free, and no booking is required. There may be a charge for some services.

The Collection dates mainly from the 1850s onwards, though some earlier items are held. It comprehensively collects English language materials, focusing on nursing in the UK:
• 60,000+ Books and Pamphlets (dating from 1666 to present) including a significant collection of rare books and of grey literature
• 350 + Journals (1888 to present) print copies of journals, newsletters and magazines (in addition there are 1000+ contemporary e-journal subscriptions)
• 1,000+ Theses (1950s to present)
• RCN Archives (1890s to present)
• 725+ Personal Archives (1817 to present) including certificates
• 20 Organisational Archives (1887 to present) from organisations such as Commonwealth Nurses Federation; National Council of Nurses; Royal National Pension Fund for Nurses
• 625+ Interviews, Oral History Collection (1986 to present)
• Objects Collection: including 5,000+ photographs and lantern slides; 3,000+ medals and badges; 150+ audio recordings; 105+ videos and films; 150+ objects

Collection details

Medicine

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Nursing Loud and Proud: LGBT History Month and the RCN

  • 17 February 2016 From 6pm

For LGBT History Month Peter Tatchell joins us to tell the little known story of his hunt for the doctor who experimented on gay concentration camp prisoners and escaped justice. Also speaking is Jason Warriner, Chair of the RCN Public Health Forum and an HIV specialist nurse, who will introduce the history of the RCN's involvement in Pride; the first of the Royal Colleges to march.

Open to all and refreshments provided. This talk is part of the RCN public lecture series.

For more about Peter Tatchell's work visit the Peter Tatchell Foundation website.

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Outside the Asylum: Community Psychiatry Nursing

  • 25 February 2016 From 5:30pm

Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs) are based outside mental health hospitals. Paul Godin is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the St. Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery at City University, UK. He will be discussing the rise of community nursing in Britain from the 1950s.

Open to all and refreshments provided.

Outside the Asylum: Community Psychiatric Nursing

  • 25 February 2016 5:30-7pm

Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs) are based outside mental health hospitals. Paul Godin discusses the rise of community nursing in Britain from the 1950s.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/outside-the-asylum-community-psychiatry-nursing-tickets-17971387905

Cardiff Hospital

The History of Cardiff City Mental Hospital

  • 30 March 2016 From 5:30pm

The Cardiff City Asylum, later Whitchurch Hospital, opened in April 1908. Ian Beech of the University of South Wales joins us to talk about the history of the hospital, its staff and patients.
Open to all and refreshments provided.

Where

RCN Wales
Ty Maeth
King George V Drive East
Cardif
fCF14 4XZ

The History of Cardiff City Mental Hospital

  • 30 March 2016 5:30-7pm

The Cardiff City Asylum (later Whitchurch Hospital) opened in April 1908. Ian Beech (University of South Wales) explores the history of the hospital and its staff and patients.
This event takes place at RCN Wales, in Cardiff.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-history-of-cardiff-city-mental-hospital-tickets-17971450091

Anglo Russian Hospital staff

Nursing in War and Revolution: The Anglo-Russian Hospital

  • 7 April 2016 1-3:30pm

One hundred years ago a British Red Cross hospital was established in St Petersburg, the Capital of Russia. Over 50 British doctors and nurses served in the hospital during its two years of existence from February 1916 to January 1918. This reception celebrates a brave humanitarian venture that carried out its mission far from home, until it was overtaken by the Russian Revolution. Tickets cost £25 per head and include a sandwich lunch, wine and soft drinks, talks and a 'behind the scenes' tour of the Royal College of Nursing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets cost £25 per head and include a sandwich lunch, wine and soft drinks, talks and a 'behind the scenes' tour of the Royal College of Nursing. These can be booked online or by telephone.

Child tickets (under 18) are available for £10 but must be booked by telephone on 029 2054 6460.

Website

https://my.rcn.org.uk/events_non_member/?conf_id=2064

Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre
20 Cavendish Square
London
Greater London
W1G 0RN
England

Website

www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services

E-mail

rcn.library@rcn.org.uk

Telephone

0345 337 3368

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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