Embellish and Empower: Post-Mastectomy Tattooing (Online Talk)

Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

8th October 2020 | 6:00PM



Anna Garvey is a tattoo artist with 15 years experience. One of her specialist fields is post-mastectomy tattooing.

Join us as Anna shares her insight from the past decade of working in this field and talks us through some of her artworks and the creative process. We’ll also hear from one of her clients about her experience of commissioning and getting a post-mastectomy tattoo.



Jack’s Story: Online event for World Mental Health Day

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

12th October 2020 | 5:30PM



Jack’s Story: Reflections of an Ex-POW on becoming a mental nurse
Monday 12 October, 5.3opm
Following World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Peter Nolan shares the story of Jack, a Prisoner of War who became a mental health nurse.

Little is known about Prisoners of War (POW) who, on discharge from the army, decided to become mental nurses. Jack’s Story is one such account. For World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Peter Nolan will share Jack’s reflections from an oral history covering his time in captivity, the shooting of his boyhood friend, Alfie, and the hard labour he had endured while suffering from extreme weakness due to starvation.

During Jack’s interview with Peter, he spoke with regret about how, as a mental nurse after the War, he had sometimes directed his anger and frustration about his POW experiences at patients. In his retirement, in order to make reparation, he returned to work voluntarily in a Mental Health Centre. The interview with Jack was harrowing. His reflections touched on experiences that had long been buried inside him and which aroused strong feelings of anger, regret and contrition.

Please register to attend, and a link will be circulated in advance with instructions on how to join the talk. All tickets must be booked individually.

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Nursing While Black (Online Event)

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

30th October 2020 | 5:00PM



For Black History Month 2020 we explore BAME leaders in nursing, past and present.

“Prominent People Protest the Colour Bar!” trumpeted the Newcastle Evening Chronicle in February 1938, reporting the protests of senior nurses against discrimination in nursing. While Birmingham General Hospital and some London hospital training schools admitted Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates at this time many others did not. Those who were able to qualify faced barriers against progressing in the profession. In the decades since, countless Black nurses have shaped healthcare in Britain; today, one in five NHS nurses, midwives and health visitors is from a BAME background.

But who were the BAME nurses earlier in the twentieth century who led the way for future generations? To close Black History Month, join us for a public event celebrating the lives of BAME leaders past and present. Chaired by Estephanie Dunn, RCN North West Regional Director, we will hear from historian of nursing Claire Chatterton about the history of BAME nurses in the UK, and Yvonne Coghill CBE, head of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard programme, on the legacy of this history today. Whether your nursing experience is as a healthcare worker, family member or patient, we invite you to consider the question – is history still with us ?

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.