Explore Your Nursing Family History for Black History Month

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

7th October 2021 | 6:00PM



Join us to find out how to trace your nursing family history. TV director Tim Kirby will describe his work on the BBC documentary Our NHS: A Hidden History (available on BBC iPlayer). From one file in the National Archives, Tim managed to trace the stories of 30 nurses from Barbados. This will be followed by a practical lesson in using nursing registers to uncover your nurse ancestors with Teresa Doherty, Joint Head of the RCN Library and Archive Service.

This session is open to everyone, but will be especially interesting to people of colour looking to find out more about the history of their families. Sign up to attend and a Zoom link will be sent to you before the event.



John Caius: anxiety, obsession and the creation of tradition at the RCP

Royal College of Physicians Museum

7th October 2021 | 6:00PM



Join medical historian and RCP Harveian librarian Dr Louella Vaughan for the latest virtual talk inspired by online exhibition RCP Unseen.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is the oldest medical college in the English-speaking world and is famous for its traditions and ceremonies, passed down from the time of its founding in 1518. But how did these traditions come to be? And for what purpose? They were the creation of one man, John Caius (1510-1573), one of the longest serving presidents of the College, and were the result of Caius’ singular obsession with the illusion of stability in the highly uncertain age of the Counter-Reformation.

Join medical historian and Harveian Librarian of the RCP Dr Louella Vaughan to explore the how and why of Caius’ reshaping of the College and its impact on the centuries that followed.

This talk will include an introduction to online exhibition RCP Unseen.

This talk is virtual only. Instructions on how to join the live stream will be sent to ticket holders 24 hours prior to the event.

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Tickets can be booked by donation. All the donations, minus the Eventbrite admin fees, will go to support the Royal College of Physicians Museum in these challenging times.



Maybe I Don’t Belong Here: An audience with David Harewood (online)

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

20th October 2021 | 6:30PM



In this special event actor David Harewood talks to us about his new book Maybe I don’t belong here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery (Pan Macmillan, 2021).

David will be in conversation with Simon Arday (Registered Mental Health Nurse, Mental Health Network Manager & the RCN’s Expert Representative for Parity of Esteem) and Kojo Bonsu (Peer Involvement Worker), exploring what it means to be a person of colour navigating the mental health system. Drawing on expertise from Black health care professionals and those with lived experience, this event will ask what needs to be done to impact change in the system.

Our panel will also take questions from activists, students and network members working in this area. This event takes place online. Sign up to attend and you’ll be sent a zoom link to the event.



Memoirs of an NHS Black Mental Health Nurse

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

22nd October 2021 | 6:00PM


Join us for the launch of Carol Webley-Brown’s memoirs about her experiences in the NHS, 1979 – 2021.

Carol Webley-Brown joined the National Health Service as a student nurse more than forty years ago. In this special event to launch her new book, Memoirs of an NHS Black Mental Health Nurse 1979-2021, she will share an overview of her life, in psychiatric training and care as well as accident and emergency nursing, teaching in universities, general practice nursing, caring for her terminally ill husband and volunteering in Ghana.

Through her story, Webley-Brown seeks to break down the walls of racism and raise the profile of Black nurses. She starts the difficult conversation with the intention of slowly dismantling institutional, structural and systemic racism.

This session is free and open to everyone. Sign up to attend and a Zoom link will be sent to you before the event.



In Conversation with Nursing Pioneers: Do patients need educated nurses?

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

27th October 2021 | 5:30PM



Ever since Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, nurses have blazed a trail in healthcare. They have pioneered improvements in practice, carried out cutting-edge research and advanced education: all with the aim of developing patient care. Yet how many of us know the stories of nursing innovators in more recent times?

The RCN recognises such innovative individuals by awarding Fellowships. The Roll of Honour lists almost 200 RCN Fellows who have made exceptional contributions to advancing the science and practice of nursing and improving health and patient care.

This event, hosted by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, politician, TV presenter, Paralympian and Chancellor of Northumbria University, is the second in a series highlighting significant contributions to nursing. We will hear from a panel of RCN Fellows – Hilary Chapman, Brendan McCormack and Sonja McIlfatrick – about the past, present and future of nursing education, and why patients need well-educated nurses. it is central to effective patient care.

This is a public event and 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.