Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre

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

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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.
First World War Nurses

WW1 Series: Remembering First World War Nurses

  • 1 April 2015 5:30-7pm

The new RCN exhibition will be launched for the anniversary of the formation of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. At this special launch event, Mark Farmer will explore the biographies of early members of the Royal College of Nursing who served and died in the First World War. The event will include a drinks reception and opportunity to view the exhibition. This event is co-ordinated by the RCN History of Nursing Society www.rcn.org.uk/hons

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Booking: The talk is free of charge, but space is limited and places must be booked in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ww1-series-remembering-first-world-war-nurses-tickets-15814954956

Unknown nurse

Exhibition: Those Who Served

  • 1 April — 4 September 2015

An exhibition commemorating the individual nurses who died during the First World War, bringing to light previously hidden stories of their lives and experiences. Many of these nurses were among the first members of the Royal College of Nursing, founded in 1916.
(opening hours as LHC, except Thurs pm)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

The first 150 years of trying to understand MND

  • 16 April 2015 5:45-8:45pm

Dr Turner is a Consultant Neurologist and Senior Clinician Scientist at Oxford University. He has carried out significant research into MND, and was most recently awarded the Medical Research Council and Motor Neurone Disease Association Lady Edith Wolfson Senior Clinical Fellowship (2012) to study pre-symptomatic changes in MND, and translate the emerging BioMOx biomarkers to the bedside.
Dr Turner will join us for the evening and lead us through the fascinating history and unfolding understanding of the challenging condition MND, which was first classified in the nineteenth century.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.rcn.org.uk/mndpl

WW1 Series: Nurses and psychological trauma in the First World War

  • 22 April 2015 5:30-7pm

The notion of war-induced traumatic neurosis being the preserve of men is essentially pretence. It was not only soldiers who experienced ‘shell-shock’ during the First World War, but the previous focus on male sufferers means the history of the condition is incomplete. Dr. Denise Poynter fills this gap in the research by outlining the experiences, symptoms and treatment of war trauma experienced by nurses in the First World War. Refreshments will be provided.
This event is co-ordinated by the RCN History of Nursing Society [link to www.rcn.org.uk/hons]

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Booking: The talk is free of charge, but space is limited and places must be booked in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ww1-series-nurses-and-psychological-trauma-in-the-first-world-war-tickets-15815731278

Title: Lunchtime Lectures: Patient safety and human factors

  • 23 April 2015 12:30-1:30pm

This short lunchtime talk explores leading nursing research and topical issues around nursing practice. For the first of this series, RCN Knowledge and Resources Manager Ross Scrivener explores patient safety, from guidance around sleep and nutrition and hydration to the ‘Stop the pressure’ campaign on preventing pressure ulcers. This thirty minute talk will be followed by a chance to ask questions and discuss the topic with experts. You’re welcome to bring your lunch to the talk, or buy something in the onsite café.
Booking: The talk is free of charge, but space is limited and places must be booked in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lunchtime-lecture-patient-safety-and-human-factors-tickets-15815375213
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Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lunchtime-lecture-patient-safety-and-human-factors-tickets-15815375213

Nurse caring for patient

RCN Public Lecture: A Force for Change: What is the Modern Nurse?

  • 13 May 2015 6-9pm

Society's idea of what a nurse should be is often outdated. The role of the nurse has developed considerably in recent years, putting nurses at the forefront of health care, with nurses actively leading on progression and change.

As part of our celebrations for Nurses’ Day 2015, join our expert panel of nurse leaders, health correspondents and politicians to explore nursing as a force for change in modern healthcare. From the career ward nurse to the nurse consultant; from the health visitor to the military nurse, the range of health care roles is truly phenomenal.

Speakers include Jane Cummings (NHS England Chief Nursing Officer) and Professor Roger Watson (nursing researcher). The panel will be chaired by Jane Dreaper (BBC Health Correspondent)

This event is funded by the RCN Foundation and includes a drinks reception

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Booking: The talk is free of charge, but space is limited and places must be booked in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rcn-public-lecture-what-is-the-modern-nurse-tickets-15816166580

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