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, Archive, Association or society

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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Recovering servicemen and nurses at a military hospital

Frontline nurses: British nurses of the First World War

  • 4 August 2014 — 31 March 2015 *on now

Nurses, both military and civilian made important
contributions to the allied war effort and also
sustained the principle of humanitarianism at a time
when human life seemed to hold little value. On
the centenary of the First World War, this exhibition
commemorates the professional nurses who worked,
served and died between 1914 and 1918.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services/whats_on

Nursing lecture in a London hospital, c. 1930

This is Nursing

  • 7 October 2013 — 3 March 2015 *on now

Two hundred years ago there was no formal nursing education and no guarantee that those calling themselves a nurse had any training, qualification or skills. Today, delivering quality patient care is the job of highly skilled professionals, and all new entrants are required to follow a degree programme.

This new exhibition, using the Royal College of Nursing’s collections, tells the story of innovative nursing education. Meet the remarkable women and men who have fought for better nursing education and discover how learning has evolved alongside the profession’s knowledge and expertise. Learn about the foundation of nursing schools, the creation of a state register of nurses, and how university degrees were first introduced.

The displays include a wide variety of historic nursing equipment and memorabilia, from a collection of nursing uniforms, nurse badges, and a district nurse’s bag and contents from the 1930s to a copy of Elizabeth Hanbury’s 1828 book ‘The Good Nurse – Or Hints on the Management of the Sick and Laying-in Chamber’ and more modern items such as an oral-nasal oxygen mask.

Website

http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services/whats_on

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.
Nurses and patients at the Grange Hospital, First World War

Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War

  • 25 September 2014 5:30-7pm

Christine Hallett introduces her new book, which delves behind the romantic myths of First World War nursing. She will offer a compelling account of nurses' wartime experiences and their vital contributions to the allied cause.

Admission

Booking required, limited places. Please book online or contact RCN Events Registration on 029 2054 6460 or email: rcndeventsreg@rcn.org.uk

Website

https://www.rcn.org.uk/myrcn/events_non_member/?conf_id=1825

A photograph of an asylum in the 20th century

Public lecture: "The Shock of the Fall" and "The Last Asylum."

  • 10 October 2014 6-9pm

Author Nathan Filer won the 2013 Costa Book Prize for his novel, The Shock of the Fall. A practising mental health nurse, Nathan will speak about two sides of his life – writing and nursing – and how the two have recently come together.

Professor Barbara Gold Taylor will offer a patient’s perspective, speaking from her 2014 memoir, The Last Asylum. Barbara Taylor is a historian at Queen Mary University of London, and was formerly a patient at Friern Hospital in London during its final years. She combines her own story with an account of the rise and demise of the British asylum system.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

This event is free, but booking is essential. Please use the online booking form or contact RCN Event Registrations on 029 2054 6460 or eventsreg@rcn.org.uk to book your place.

Website

http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services/whats_on/event/public_lecture_the_shock_of_the_fall_and_the_last_asylum

Nurse Mabel Pearce and her brother, soldier W.G. Pearce

Front Line Nursing - Then and Now

  • 14 October 2014 1:30-4:30pm

An afternoon workshop, organised jointly by the History of Nursing Society and the Defence Nurses’ Forum, with lectures and hands-on activities. Find out about casualty evacuation, treatment of blast injuries and emotional care past and present and explore a real tented field regimental aid post.

Location: Cowdray Hall, 20 Cavendish Square, London.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Workshop fee: £30.00/£25.00 RCN members.

Website

http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services/whats_on/event/front_line_nursing_then_and_now

Portrait of Edith Appleton

First World War Series: Sister Edith Appleton

  • 6 November 2014 5:30-7pm

Edith Appleton served in Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) throughout the First World War. Often near the Front in Northern France, she wrote an amazing daily journal, published in 2012.

This talk, by Edie’s great nephew, Dick Robinson, tells her story with extracts from the diaries read by Dick’s wife, Lisa, and is fully illustrated. Visit www.edithappleton.org.uk for more information about her life. Followed by question and answer session.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

To reserve a place, please complete the online booking form. Alternatively email eventsreg@rcn.org.uk or call 029 2054 6460.

Website

http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services/whats_on/event/sister_edith_appleton_front_line_nurse_and_diarist_in_the_great_war

Military hospital in the First World War

The British Army Nursing Service in the Great War

  • 4 December 2014 5:30-7pm

Drawing from unpublished official and unofficial documents, letters and diaries, Yvonne McEwen moves away from the long-held, uncritical, and overly-romanticised views of First World War casualty care and addresses the professional, personal and political consequences that arose for nurses in the pivotal years from 1914 to 1918.
Followed by question and answer discussion.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

To reserve a place, please complete the online booking form.
Alternatively email eventsreg@rcn.org.uk or call 029 2054 6460.

Website

http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services/whats_on/event/in_the_company_of_nurses_the_british_army_nursing_service_in_the_great_war

Country house converted into First World War hospital

Nursing on the Home Front in the First World War

  • 15 January 2015 5:30-7pm

For the centenary of the first Zeppelin raid on London (19 January 1915), Stuart Wildman will explore the often forgotten story of nursing at home during the First World War.

He will outline the preparations that were made, to provide a nursing service (the Territorial Forces Nursing Service) for a network of military hospitals across the country, prior to the outbreak of war. The recruitment of professional and volunteer nurses to staff these hospitals and the nature of and issues involved in nursing the war wounded will be addressed.

Followed by question and answer discussion.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

To reserve a place, please complete the online booking form.
Alternatively email eventsreg@rcn.org.uk or call 029 2054 6460.

Website

http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services/whats_on/event/nursing_on_the_home_front_in_the_first_world_war

Photograph of WW1 Nurses, Edith Cavell seated centre.

Scottish Women's Hospitals: the Nurses of Royaumont

  • 12 February 2015 4-6pm

Alison O’Donnell explores the history of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals. Founded by Dr Elsie Inglis, these remarkable units were staffed entirely by women, from nurses and surgeons to cooks and engineers.

The event will also include a chance to explore some of the First World War material from the RCN archives.


This event is co-ordinated by the RCN History of Nursing Society

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+

Where

RCN Archives
42 South Oswald Road
Edinburgh
EH9 2HH
Scotland

Website

http://www.rcn.org.uk/myrcn/events_non_member/?conf_id=1826

Kate Luard's Unknown Warriors

Kate Luard's Unknown Warriors

  • 12 March 2015 5:30-7pm

Kate Luard enlisted in the QAIMNSR two days after war was declared, on 6 August 1914. Through four years of nursing in France and Belgium, she exchanged numerous letters with her family about her experiences.

Tim Luard, Kate’s great-nephew, will explore these fascinating wartime memoirs, which have recently been re-published.

Followed by question and answer discussion.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

To reserve a place, please complete the online booking form.
Alternatively email eventsreg@rcn.org.uk or call 029 2054 6460.

Website

http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services/whats_on/event/kate_luards_unknown_warriors

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