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#RCN100 Celebrating 100 years of the Royal College of Nursing

Presidents Exhibition

The women who have shaped 100 years of nursing.

This exhibition explores the remarkable women who have served as RCN president from 1922 to the present day. We reflect on stories of military service and inspirational leadership, with images from the RCN archives.

While the physical installation is at the RCN's London headquarters, we have created an online exhibition too so you can share the presidents' stories.

As Dame Sidney Browne said: “Put a high ideal before you, and your life will be for the betterment of the world.”

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Sidney Browne, 1922–1925

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Sidney Browne

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Sarah Swift

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Sarah Swift, 1925–1927

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Annie Warren Gill, 1927–1929

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Annie Warren Gill

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Rachael Cox-Davies

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Rachael Cox-Davies, 1929–1930, 1934–1935

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Margaret Sparshott, 1930–1933

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Margaret Sparshott

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Edith MacGregor Rome

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Edith MacGregor Rome, 1933–1934, 1937–1938

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Dorothy Coode, 1935–1937

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Dorothy Coode

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Beatrice Marsh Monk

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Beatrice Marsh Monk, 1938–1940

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Mary Jones, 1940–1942

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Mary Jones

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Emily MacManus

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Emily MacManus, 1942–1944

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Mildred Hughes, 1944–1946

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Mildred Hughes

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Gladys Hillyers

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Gladys Hillyers, 1946–1948

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Louisa Wilkinson, 1948–1950

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Louisa Wilkinson

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Lucy Duff Grant

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Lucy Duff Grant, 1950–1952

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Lucy Ottley, 1952–1954

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Lucy Ottley

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Sybil Bovill

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Sybil Bovill, 1954-1956

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Gertrude Godden, 1956–1958

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Gertrude Godden

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Marjorie Marriott

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Marjorie Marriott, 1958–1960, 1962–1963

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Margaret Smyth, 1960–1962

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Margaret Smyth

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Mabel Gordon Lawson

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Mabel Gordon Lawson, 1963–1964

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Florence Udell, 1964–1966

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Florence Udell

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Theodora Turner

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Theodora Turner, 1966–1968

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Mary Blakeley, 1968–1972

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Mary Blakeley

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Winifred Prentice

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Winifred Prentice, 1972–1976

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Eirlys Rees, 1976–1980

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Eirlys Rees

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Marian Morgan

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Marian Morgan, 1980–1982

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Sheila Quinn, 1982–1986

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Sheila Quinn

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Maude Storey

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Maude Storey, 1986–1990

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June Clark, 1990–1994

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June Clark

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Betty Kershaw

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Betty Kershaw, 1994–1998

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Christine Watson, 1998–2000

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Christine Watson

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Roswyn Hakesley Brown

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Roswyn Hakesley Brown, 2000–2002

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Sylvia Denton, 2002–2006

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Sylvia Denton

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Maura Buchanan

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Maura Buchanan, 2006–2010

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Andrea Spyropoulos, 2010–2014

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Andrea Spyropoulos