Hetty’s Hospital

Foundling Museum

11th September 2017 | 12:00AM

Until 5 November

Inspired by our summer exhibition Picturing Hetty Feather and the lack of kindness experienced by fictional character Hetty Feather, young patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital have created art that recalls acts of goodwill they have received from doctors, nurses and family. In partnership with GOSH Arts.

Open House London

Langdon Down Museum

17th September 2017 | 12:00PM

We are open to join this London-wide annual event with guided tours of the building.

Come and look around on your own or join a guided tour at 12.30, 1.30 or 2.30pm.

Cost: Free. Booking not required.

Mental Health and War: Then and Now

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

21st September 2017 | 1:00PM

Shell-shock quickly emerged as a major concern in the armed forces during the First World War. In subsequent conflicts, healthcare interventions have tried to take account of the psychological trauma experienced by soldiers, from PTSD to schizophrenia. Claire Chatterton, Chris Carter and Gerwyn Michael discuss the experiences and treatment of mental illness in war past and present, and what we can learn from this for nursing today. This afternoon workshop is hosted by Alan Finnegan and a joint RCN and University of Chester event.

Free Event at the University of Chester, Riverside Campus, Castle Drive, CH1 1SL. Booking here: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/events/mental-health-and-war

Nurses of Passchendaele

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

21st September 2017 | 5:30PM

The Ypres Salient saw some of the bitterest fighting of the First World War.  In casualty clearing stations, on ambulance trains and barges, and at base hospitals near the French and Belgian coasts, nurses of many nations cared for the wounded and traumatised men of Passchendaele. Drawing on letters, diaries and personal accounts from archives all over the world, Christine Hallett recounts their stories. The event will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Free Event at Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, W1G 0RN. Booking here: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/events/nurses-of-passchendaele

Doors Open RCN!

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

23rd September 2017 | 10:00AM

Join us to explore the listed 1869 villa and the 1950s College of Agriculture that make up the RCN’s headquarters in Scotland. There will also be a chance to view the public health exhibition, take part in family activities and explore our handling collection of nursing hats, artefacts and more.

Free Event at RCN Scotland, 42 South Oswald Road, Edinburgh EH9 2HH. Open day event, no booking required. 

What’s the future of mental health care?

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

28th September 2017 | 6:00PM

The Inaugural RCN Foundation Lecture

Mental health problems are the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, and 1 in 4 people will experience mental ill-health in their lifetime. What can we do to improve our mental health, and support that of others? In this public lecture, we look at innovative ways of supporting mental health care, in nursing and beyond: including nurse-led initiatives, peer support and advocacy.

Free Event at Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, w1G 0RN. Booking here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/whats-the-future-of-mental-health-care-tickets-32953701408

Raft of the Medusa

Foundling Museum

29th September 2017 | 9:00AM

29 September – 7 January 2018

We display a series of five previously unseen sculptures by acclaimed artist Rachel Kneebone providing a resonant counterpoint to our exhibition Basic Instincts.

Rachel Kneebone is a British artist whose intricate works address and question the human condition. Raft of the Medusa’s tumbling limbs and fractured swags are at once coquettish and sinister; their gleaming white surfaces and exquisite detail belie scenes of collapse and dismemberment. Using porcelain, a delicate material traditionally associated with Rococo exuberance and fine tableware, Kneebone subverts viewers’ expectations. Visibly exploiting the material properties of porcelain, she deliberately allows her work to distort and crack in the kiln, inviting the viewer to question the relationship between strength and vulnerability. This display in the Museum’s historic rooms distils and abstracts the Foundling Hospital’s suppressed narratives of sexual desire, emotional damage, and female strength, whilst also referencing ideas of displacement, refuge, and resilience.

To discover more about Kneebone’s work, hear the artist and Museum Director Caro Howell in conversation on Friday 6 October