New audio guide at The Royal London Hospital
Friday 19th January 2018
The Royal London Hospital Museum has launched a free audio guide ‘I am Human – a walking tour of the Royal London Hospital’
‘I am Human’ retells the story of the hospital’s most famous resident, Joseph Merrick ‘The Elephant Man’, through the eyes of Merrick himself. Based on sources held in the hospital’s archives, the audio guide brings 1880s Whitechapel to life as told by Merrick, the illustrious surgeon Sir Frederick Treves, the resourceful young matron Eva Luckes and a medical student training at the College.
The guide was produced by the museum in collaboration with Queen Mary’s University of London’s English Department and was made possible through funding from the University’s Centre for Public Engagement.
Up Close and Medical: Discover London’s Medical Museums
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Enjoyed the recent BBC Two comedy series Quacks? Get your hands on some of the collections that inspired the programme at our special half-term event hosted by the Royal College of Nursing on Saturday 28 October, 14.00-17.00.
Explore thirteen of London’s Medical Museums all in one place at this trade fair with a difference.
As well handling objects from centuries past, there will be opportunities to test your surgical skills, try your hand at Victorian pill making and find out more about your own family history.
This event is free, open to all and family friendly. You do not need to book, but you may find it useful to register here to receive a reminder email before the event.
After hours we will be staying open for an entertaining evening of medical museum open mic.
Watch museums stand-up and hear the weirdest and wildest medical stories as we show off the lighter side of medical history. Each museum will fill a 9-minute slot, all smoothly and hilariously brought together by our compere Comedian Dan Green.
Tickets cost £7 and include a free drink. Book here.
Over 1.5 million nursing records published on Ancestry
Thursday 18th August 2016
Three collections of nursing registers and application forms held by the Royal College of Nursing and the Wellcome Library have been published digitally for the first time by specialist family history website Ancestry.
The records span nurses’ registrations and appointments from 1891-1968, and provide a unique insight into nursing and women’s history in the UK.
Among the records is RCN founder Dame Sarah Swift.
As her record shows, she was trained in the Dundee Royal Infirmary and received her certificate in nursing in 1880.
Her extensive experience and contacts with the matrons of large and prestigious hospitals meant that she was ideally placed to successfully champion the formation of the College of Nursing.
Other famous names in nursing include Dame Joanna Margaret Cruickshank, the founder of the Royal Air Force Nursing Service, and Dame Emily Mathieson Blair, former Matron-in-Chief of the British Red Cross Society.
The new resource will give families and historians the chance to uncover previously untold stories of nurses from the UK and overseas.
Janet Davies, RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary, said: “The RCN is committed to preserving the history of the nursing profession, so it’s wonderful to see the records of so many inspiring nurses being digitised for the very first time, especially during our centenary year.
Nurses have touched the lives of so many families, and this resource gives people the chance to travel back in time to discover the real lives of their nursing relatives.
Caring for the nation for generations, often through wars and crises, these nursing staff deserve to be remembered, and this unique project will help preserve their legacy for many more years to come.”
Members wishing to view the records without subscription can visit their nearest RCN Library.