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.
Unknown nurse

Exhibition: Those Who Served

  • 1 April — 4 September 2015 *on now

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
  • Any age
Group of unknown nurses

From Shell-shock to PTSD: War neuroses from the First World War to the present day

  • 30 April 2015 4:45-6:15pm

Hear from two experts outlining the changing understanding and treatment of war neuroses from the First World War to the present day.

Dr. Claire Chatterton (Chair of the RCN History of Nursing Society) will outline the changing understanding and treatment of psychological trauma during the First Word War. Mark Butler will then compare this with current attitudes to and treatment of PTSD. This event is co-ordinated by the RCN History of Nursing Society: www.rcn.org.uk/hons

There is no need to book for this free event

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Keyll Darree Education Centre
Nobles Hospital
Strang
Strang
Isle of Man
IM4 4RJ

Admission

There is no need to book for this free event.

Website

http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services/whats_on/event/first-world-war-series-from-shell-shock-to-ptsd-war-neuroses-from-the-first-world-war-to-the-present-day

The Second World War and the liberation of Auschwitz

  • 7 May 2015 5:30-7pm

2015 is the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. In commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz, Gosia Brykczynska will explore the catastrophic aftermath of the Holocaust, and the vital support nurses provided for liberated concentration camp prisoners. Refreshments will be provided.
This event is co-ordinated by the RCN History of Nursing Society www.rcn.org.uk/hons

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

The talk is free of charge, but space is limited and places must be booked in advance via the link below.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ww1-series-the-second-world-war-and-the-liberation-of-auschwitz-tickets-15815769392

RCN Library and Heritage Centre

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

  • 13 May 2015 6-9pm

Visit the RCN Library and Heritage Centre after hours, for this free talk and reception, including an opportunity to see exhibitions on First World War Nursing and 150 years of nursing education.

Find out how 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.

This event is funded by the RCN Foundation and includes a drinks reception in the Library and Heritage Centre, with an opportunity to explore our exhibitions at night.

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

Ward Sisters

Ward Sisters: Exploring the role of the modern ward nurse

  • 14 May 2015 12:30-1:30pm

Speakers Linda Watterson, Research & Innovation Manager & Lynne Currie, Research & Innovation Analyst, SKIS, Nursing Department will talk about a new research project on the role of ward sisters: Supervisory Ward Sisters in the NHS: Exploring the potential of this role in improving continuous quality improvement.
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.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

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-ward-sisters-exploring-the-role-of-the-modern-ward-nurse-tickets-15816065277

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lunchtime-lecture-ward-sisters-exploring-the-role-of-the-modern-ward-nurse-tickets-15816065277

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WW1 Series: Women’s Poetry in the Great War: Poetry and Music

  • 3 July 2015 6-8pm

Women’s poetry related to the experiences of the First World War has been seriously neglected. This performance includes women poets of different backgrounds making their voices heard, at a catastrophic time. Many of these women were nurses and VADs, and their poems explore the experiences of nursing the wounded; of loss, pain, hopes and dreams. The music throughout the concert adds in an extra dimension to the poetry. The performance will be followed by a drinks reception.
A performance by nurse and poet Audrey Ardern-Jones with music by international musicians Lucas Jordan (flute) and Fabricio Mattos (Guitar)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Booking: Tickets cost £15 (£12 for RCN members) and can be booked online (via the link below) or by contacting RCN Event Registrations on 029 2054 6460 or eventsreg@rcn.org.uk

Website

https://www.rcn.org.uk/myrcn/events?conf_id=1914

Nurses WW1

WW1 Series: Military nurses during the Gallipoli Campaign

  • 27 August 2015 5:30-7pm

Some of the most remarkable journeys were taken by nurses who served in the First World War: in Egypt, on hospital ships in the Mediterranean, on the Island of Lemnos and in Salonika. Many nursed the sick and wounded of the Gallipoli Campaign, caring for men suffering from injury and concurrent serious illness. Some wrote memoirs of their experiences, explored in this talk by Professor Christine Hallett. Refreshments will be provided.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

The talk is free of charge, but space is limited and places must be booked in advance via the link below.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ww1-series-military-nurses-during-the-gallipoli-campaign-tickets-15815826563

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