"During the war years a group of trained staff from various hospitals talked and talked. They were the original founders of the College of Nursing."
Patron Queen Mary was a keen supporter of the professional status of women and opened the new College building on 31 May 1926. She is shown here handing a scroll to founder Dame Sarah Swift.
"Oh yes, we (men) were still sort of, to some degree, prejudiced against because I mean discrimination has evolved. Then when the GNC put us on the supplementary register so that was the beginning and the Royal College of Nursing ultimately allowed us into the College… Being a nurse made me a better person, this made me a better father, a better husband, I hope, a better person all round."
Mr Elwyn Jones
"I was amazed to see trees didn’t have any leaves because I thought oh my god, I thought they were all dead but obviously I was told it was winter. I had never seen snow on the ground apart from the top of Mount Kenya when I was a boy. There wasn’t a single Kenyan in the hospital, I was the only Kenyan."
Steve Kimatta, 1965
'Nurses & Midwives are needed' Second World War nursing recruitment poster
Image: Wellcome Library London