Catching Breath: A Mindful Hour of Art and Breath (virtual)

Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

3rd September 2020 | 5:00PM

Make your own breath visible using watercolours created from tea or coffee.

In this art workshop, Jayne Wilton will explore the notions of the containment of breath in art history, and you will make your own breath visible using watercolours created from tea or coffee.

Now more than ever, we need to take care of our mental health and wellbeing, and so Jayne will also guide you through mindful breathing processes and the expressive qualities of the breath.

No previous experience or knowledge needed to take part.

You will be emailed the Zoom dial in details on Tuesday 01 September.

Equipment needed:
– Two glasses of water
– An A4 hardback book/ rigid A4 sized plastic chopping board
– Concentrated tea or coffee:
— Coffee: 2 tablespoons of super strong espresso or 2 tablespoons of instant coffee to 2 tablespoon of boiling water
— Tea: 3 teabags soaked overnight in just enough water to cover them in the cup
– Paintbrush
– Plain paper (watercolour or photographic printing paper preferable, but not essential)
– A straw
– Salt (fine and/or coarse)
– Four elastic bands
– Clean kitchen sponge or kitchen roll
– Plain candle or white crayon

Drunkenness and Misbehaviour: Nursing Before Nightingale (Online Talk)

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

17th September 2020 | 5:30PM

On the same day in 1791, the sister, nurse and helper in Luke’s ward St Bartholomew’s Hospital were all sacked for drunkenness. This is what we might expect from the picture painted by Victorian nursing reformers: but a closer examination of the hospital journals reveals a more complicated picture. Women were just as likely, or more likely, to be promoted, praised or pensioned as they were to be dismissed.

In this online talk, Professor Alannah Tomkins from the University of Keele uses hospital and other records to compile data about nursing staff and unpick the life stories of a select few nurses before Nightingale. She finds a diversity of employment experiences that did not generally end in disgrace.

Digital Open House London 2020 at the Royal College of Physicians

Royal College of Physicians Museum

19th September 2020 | 11:00AM

Join the Royal College of Physicians for Open House London, the world’s largest architecture festival. This year, while the college’s building remains closed, its free events have moved online.

The Royal College of Physicians is one of London’s most important and provocative modern buildings. Designed by British architect Sir Denys Lasdun, the striking structure is set amongst the ‘Nash terraces’ of Regent’s Park, and is one of only a very small number of Grade I listed post-war buildings in England. The design was commissioned in 1959 with the doors opening in 1964: making it the Royal College of Physicians’ fifth home since its foundation in 1518.

In 1992 Lasdun was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Trustees Medal in recognition of his work at the college, considered to be ‘the best architecture of its time anywhere in the world’.

Follow Dr Barnabas Calder, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Liverpool and a specialist on Denys Lasdun’s designs, on a virtual tour of Royal College of Physicians, followed by an online Q&A. Always a firm Open House favourite, experience this modernist icon in a new light this year with the first ever digital architectural tour of the site.

Join artist Amanda Couch for an online workshop online exploring human-environment binaries through the gut. The interactive session draws on Amanda’s artworks and research into the ancient practice of extispicy – divination using the entrails of the body. Discover more about Amanda’s art and the practice of extispicy, find and share materials in your local environment that resemble our own internal structures, and consider how our guts connect to our external environment.

Watch a brand-new film presented by assistant archivist Felix Lancashire, as he explores the Royal College of Physicians’ archives to uncover the story of how our most recent home came into being. Featuring rarely seen letters, plans and construction photographs from Denys Lasdun and his architectural practice.

All online events are free and must be booked in advance. To find out more and reserve your place, visit the Open House London page on the Royal College of Physicians website at[UNIQID]

Please note: The Royal College of Physicians building is currently closed to the public. There will be no physical access to the site during Open House London weekend.

Nursing Myth Busters: Fashion, Fantasy and Female Firsts at the RCN

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

23rd September 2020 | 6:30PM

Can you sort your Sairey Gamps from your Florence Nightingales?

Join the myth busters from Crimson Tea Parties and the RCN Library and Archive Service to find out in this talk and quiz.

We begin with a talk by Susanna Cordner and Stephanie Wood looking at the history of nursing through its fashion. What do nursing uniforms over the years tell us about the image of nursing? How are nurses portrayed on film and TV? And why have nursing costumes appeared in such a range of settings over the years, from fancy dress to haute couture?

The talk will be followed by a chance to test your ability to separate fact from fantasy in our Women’s Quiz-tory.

This is a Period Poverty Fundraiser

Tickets are free, but we encourage all attendees to donate at least the price of a packet of tampons to the Bloody Good Period COVID-19 Pad Fund.


Art and Nursing: Romalyn Ante in conversation with Molly Case (online event)

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

30th September 2020 | 5:30PM

In this online event, nurse and poet Romalyn Ante reads from her debut poetry collection and speaks with nurse, poet and author Molly Case (How to Treat People, 2019) about their mutual interests in art, care, connection and loss.

Ante’s debut poetry collection, Antiemetic for Homesickness, builds a bridge between two worlds: journeying from the country ‘na nagluwal sa ‘yo’ – that gave birth to you – to a new life in the United Kingdom. Steeped in the richness of Filipino folklore, and studded with Tagalog, the poems speak of the ache of assimilation and the complexities of belonging, telling the stories of generations of migrants who find exile through employment – through the voices of the mothers who leave and the children who are left behind.

Find out more and book free tickets here: