The Inclusion Café Book Club: Living Library

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

16th June 2021 | 5:30PM

Stories of Windrush, Migration and Black Nurses’ Voices: sharing the stories of im/migrant and black healthcare workers whilst holding onto their identity and fighting for their rights.

This Living Library event is in partnership with the Migration Museum, a museum which explores how the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has made us who we are – as individuals and as a nation. Living Library events are a chance for people to learn from others through their personal stories in a more intimate setting.

We have curated a collection of nurses and healthcare workers who will act as ‘books’ with a unique title. You will have the chance to ‘borrow’ a ‘book’ from the Living Library and ask questions to get to know them and learn about their experiences.

Sign up to attend, we will be running two sessions so that everyone can get the chance to speak to 4 ‘books’ for about 10-15 minutes.

Book Titles – More titles coming soon

‘From Sugar to Silk’ by Alift Harewood M.B.E.

‘From Trinidad to Eastbourne – the journey of an immigrant nurse’ by Dionne Daniel

‘Why decide for me, but not include me?’ by Vanessa Anthony

‘The memoirs of a Black British NHS Mental Health Nurse’ by Carol Webley Brown

The aim of the Inclusion Café Book Club is to explore diverse stories and perspectives in nursing that haven’t always been at the forefront. The café is a space to chat, relax and learn – so get comfy and grab a cuppa. We’ll be visiting different mediums – from books to podcasts and everything in between!

Please register via this link to attend:

To keep the café informal, spaces will be limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you find you can no longer attend please cancel your ticket so someone else can take your place.

For any queries about this event please contact RCN Libraries: or call 0345 337 3368


‘A building, a body’: a virtual architectural tour of the RCP

Royal College of Physicians Museum

17th June 2021 | 6:00PM

As part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture join us on a live virtual tour of the Royal College of Physicians Grade I listed home

In 1958 architect Denys Lasdun won the commission to design the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) a new home. A modern home that would demonstrate the RCP’s new commitment to improving public health. A building that would reflect the institution’s 500-year history and create purposefully designed spaces in which to care for its archives, rare books and historic collections. Lasdun was faced with an enormous challenge: his modernist building must reflect both the RCP’s forward-thinking attitude and its centuries of history. Lasdun cared about the life his buildings would contain and strove to provide his client not with what they wanted but with what they ‘never dreamed [they] wanted’.

Join us for a virtual exploration of the modernist masterpiece Lasdun designed, discover how Lasdun fulfilled the RCP’s contradictory brief, and how the spaces he created continue to care for its occupants and its history.

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A History of UK Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine

Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

17th June 2021 | 6:00PM

The origins of pre-hospital care can be traced back to antiquity and form a fascinating story of innovators, early adopters and individuals determined to change the system for the better. This talk will explore some of the earliest examples of pre-hospital care as well as relevant international influences to put the story of progress in the UK into perspective.

Dr Matt Beardmore is currently an ST7 specialty trainee at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and critical care doctor with Devon Air Ambulance. Matt recently completed sub-specialty training in pre-hospital emergency medicine in the West Midlands. Having previously worked with SAMU 92 near Paris, he developed an interest in emergency medical systems and their history.

Joining details

This session will be held on GoTo Webinar. Please register using the link that will be sent on the booking confirmation email. Once registered, the webinar link will be automatically sent to the email address you registered with.

Nursing a Pandemic: Fighting for the Frontline

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

24th June 2021 | 5:30PM

Join us for the 6th event in our series recording the nursing experience of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

Fighting for the Frontline

In the 6th event in this series, we will hear from people who have supported nursing staff in the workplace during the pandemic, often while being directly impacted themselves. The interviewer is Tracey Budding, RCN Deputy President.


  • Derek Browne is a Senior RCN Officer based in RCN Wales
  • Maggy Heaton is staff-side Chair at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has been an RCN rep since 2004 and Chair of the UK Stewards Committee. Past Chair of NW Regional Board, and Lancashire West Branch.
  • Neil Thompson is an RCN Steward and Safety Rep based in Nottingham. He continued to provide support for others while shielding during the pandemic

We are living in historic times. Since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic in 11 March 2020, nursing staff have performed a huge range of vital roles in the COVID-19 response in the UK and beyond. Now is the time to go beyond the “clap for carers” and better understand what life during the pandemic has been like for nursing staff in different situations and contexts. From first responders and nursing leaders to staff working in care homes and the nursing students who stepped up from their degrees to support the NHS, this series marks the ongoing impact of the pandemic on nursing and nurses.

Each virtual event takes the form of live interviews with nursing and healthcare staff and students, followed by a Q&A. The interviews will be recorded and added to the RCN archive, making sure these experiences are recorded for posterity.

This event is open to all, and will take place online. Please sign up to attend and the link to join will be circulated in advance.

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The Politics of Nursing History: Identities and Boundaries

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

29th June 2021 | 5:30PM

Find out about important contributions to nursing history, and consider what they can tell us about nursing today.

A Joint Event Organised by the RCN History of Nursing Forum and the UK Association for the History of Nursing (UKAHN)

For centuries, nurses and healthcare workers have performed a vital role in society. But what do we really know about their history? Join us to explore some of the most significant contributions to understanding the last 150 years of nursing. Find out what historians and nurses have learnt from their research and reflect on what it might tell us about healthcare today.

We will hear from Anne Summers about her research into British military nurses between 1854 and 1914, Peter Nolan on the history of mental health nursing, Karen Flynn on Black Caribbean and Canadian women in nursing and Anne Marie Rafferty on nursing politics in the twentieth century. In a session chaired by Jane Brooks, panellists will revisit their influential texts, reflecting on the process of their research and what has changed since, as well as considering the future directions of nursing history.

This event is free and open to all. Please register to attend and a link will be circulated in advance with instructions on how to join the event. All tickets must be booked individually.

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Dr Anne Summers is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, a former Curator of Modern Historical Papers at the British Library (1989-2004) and Wellcome Trust Research Fellow (1986-1989). In addition to Angels and Citizens (1988 and 2000) she has published numerous articles on civilian nursing in the 19th century. Her latest book is Christian and Jewish Women in Britain 1880-1940: Living with Difference (2017).

Professor Peter Nolan spent most of his working life participating in different mental health services, after training as a psychiatric nurse in the 1960s. While he found the content of training courses, the stated aims of therapies and the language of policies and management beguiling, he felt that the reality of the lives and experiences of nurses and patients lay elsewhere. His first book, A History of Mental Health Nursing (1991), sought to show that mental health nursing had not only a history, but a fascinating one. Now in retirement, Peter continues to research and write so that the voices of mental health nurses from previous centuries and decades can be heard.

Dr Karen Flynn is an Associate professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Department of African American Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr Flynn is also the associate chair for the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Dr Flynn’s book: Moving Beyond Borders: Black Canadian and Caribbean women in the African Canadian Diaspora published by University of Toronto won the Lavinia L. Dock Award from the American Association of the History of Nursing. She is currently working on a second book project tentatively titled, The Black Pacific: The African Diaspora in East Asia that maps the travel itineraries of young Black EFL teachers across borders.

Professor Dame Anne Marie Rafferty CBE is Professor of Nursing Policy, and former Dean of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King’s College London. She is a historian and health workforce and policy researcher and was the first nurse to gain a doctorate (DPhil Modern History) from Oxford University. Her well-known book, The Politics of Nursing Knowledge, was first published by Routledge in 1996. Most recently, she has published Germs and Governance: The past, present and future of hospital infection, prevention and control (edited with Marguerite Dupree and Fay Bound Alberti). She was president of the Royal College of Nursing from 2019 to 2021.