Nursing the Tropics: The history of travel health

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

15th February 2017 | 5:30PM



Travel medicine is a relatively new branch of medicine, offering advice to people travelling across the world for work or pleasure.

In the 1800s, nursing abroad was largely associated with Britain’s colonies. Dr Rosemary Wall (University of Hull) talks about this history, in which nurses could be seen as agents of imperial hygiene. Dr Jon Cossar, former Foundation Vice Dean of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, and travel health specialist nurse Jane Chiodini will offer personal reflections on the development of travel medicine from the 1980s. A panel discussion, chaired by RCN Public Health Forum committee member Sandra Grieve, will consider what the future holds for travel health.

This is a free event but please register a place here.



The Psyche on the Skin: A History of Self-harm

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

23rd February 2017 | 6:00PM



Self-harm is often thought to be a modern epidemic, associated with new understandings of selfhood and identity, mass media and the internet and the challenges of adolescence. But what can we learn from the history of a phenomenon that was first categorised over 150 years ago? Join a panel of speakers to debate their historical, social, political and personal views of self-harm for the launch of ‘Psyche on the Skin: A History of Self-Harm’ by Dr Sarah Chaney.

Full details and tickets will be available in early 2017.

Image courtesy of Liz Atkin.



The History of Normansfield’s Buildings

Langdon Down Museum

25th February 2017 | 11:00AM



A talk about the development of Normansfield’s buildings from 1868 until 2016 using maps, architectural drawings and photographs. Includes new research carried out through a recent U3A project.

Free event.