Regulation, Resilience and Resistance: The Struggle for Professional Nursing (1887-2019)

Royal London Hospital Museum & Archives

1st April 2020 | 5:30PM



RCN History of Nursing Forum Annual Lecture

The year 2019 marks the centenary of the Nurses Registration Act, the legislation which inaugurated the first British professional nurses’ register and founded the General Nursing Council, the forerunner of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  The register itself was created in 1921.  Christine Hallet’s lecture will explore the work of reforming nurse, Ethel Gordon Fenwick (1857-1947), who led the campaign for nurse-regulation.  It will also look more broadly at the changing nature of professional regulation for British nurses across a broad span of time from 1887 (the year the British Nurses’ Association was founded) to the present day.

Event taking place at:

University of Worcester, City Campus, Castle Street, Worcester WR1 3AS



Museum Lates at the Royal College of Physicians

Royal College of Physicians Museum

2nd April 2020 | 5:30PM



Visit the Royal College of Physicians Museum after hours until 8pm on the first Thursday of the month. Explore exhibitions, art, medical objects and more than 500 years of history at England’s oldest medical college.

Discover collections, featuring everything from artworks by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence and Dame Elisabeth Frink, to scarce anatomical preparations and extraordinary medical instruments, all housed in a grade 1 listed ‘modernist masterpiece’ designed by acclaimed architect Sir Denys Lasdun. See free temporary exhibitions from our award-winning team, and join a curator-led introduction to the displays.

Changing activities and workshops run each month, click here to check the Royal College of Physicians website for more details.

Exhibition and collection introductions by the curator take place throughout the evening.

Highlights of any visit include:

  • priceless portraits and silver displayed throughout the building
  • medical rarities such as the Symons collection of self-care instruments and medical apparatus, the Hoffbrand collection of apothecary jars and the Prujean chest of surgical tools from the era of the English Civil War
  • a remarkable set of 17th-century human remains, providing a fascinating insight into dissection and discovery in anatomy
  • regular displays from our archive and rare books collections
  • a changing programme of acclaimed temporary exhibitions

Forthcoming Museum Lates in 2020:

  • Thursday 5 March 2020
  • Thursday 2 April 2020
  • Thursday 7 May 2020
  • Thursday 4 June 2020
  • Thursday 2 July 2020
  • Thursday 6 August 2020
  • Thursday 3 September 2020
  • Thursday 1 October 2020
  • Thursday 5 November 2020
  • Thursday 3 December 2020



Surgery and Emotions before Anaethesia – POSTPONED

Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

23rd April 2020 | 6:00PM


The Keats Memorial Lecture will be presented by Dr Michael Brown who is an expert on the history of medicine and surgery in the nineteenth-century Britain.

The lecture is open to the public and members.