Fighting for Recognition: Histories of Healthcare Exhibition and Events at the RCN

October 17, 2019-March 20, 2020, Royal College of Nursing, London, UK

Free! But book online here.

Join us for the launch of a new exhibition celebrating 100 years of nursing registration. Find out about the fiery characters who fought for nursing registration, view original nursing registers from the General Nursing Council (now Nursing and Midwifery Council) and trim your own hat to emulate a matron from 1919. Talks and displays will explore the different histories of health and medical Royal Colleges, from midwifery to physiotherapy; anaesthesia to optometry.

Short Talks from 6pm

  • A century of nurse registration in the UK Dr Alison O’Donnell and Dr Moyra Journeaux. Alison trained as a registered general nurse. She has an honours degree in education, a Masters in Nursing and completed her PhD in 2010 at the University of Dundee. She is currently Chair of the RCN History of Nursing Forum.
  • Midwifery in twentieth century Britain: from regulation to reinvention? Dr Tania McIntosh, Principal Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Brighton. Tania is dual qualified as an historian and a midwife and has researched and written extensively on the history of midwifery and women’s health.
  • ‘Making Massage a Safe, Clean and Honourable Profession for British Women’: from Special Nursing to Physiotherapy in the early Twentieth Century. Dr Kay Nias, Medicine Galleries Research Fellow, Science Museum, London. Kay is a historian whose previous research has looked extensively at the history and material culture of physiotherapy, massage and mechanotherapy.

Displays and Activities (drop-in, all evening)

  • View original nursing registers with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Trim your own hat with the Royal College of Nursing
  • Association of Anaesthetists
  • The College of Optometrists
  • Bethlem Museum of the Mind
  • Florence Nightingale Museum
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Royal British Nursing Association collection from Kings College Archives

The exhibition runs from 17 October until 20 March 2020, celebrating 100 years of nursing registration in the UK, passed on 23 December 1919. For the full exhibition and event programme, visit our website here.

Contact Info:
Sarah Chaney, Royal College of Nursing Library and Archive

Posted: October 02, 2019