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  • We are collecting greeting cards Frances Reed Frances Reed 3 Jul 2019

    We are collecting greeting cards!

    We need your help collecting greetings cards to feature in our new exhibition.

  • Researching the history of emotions in nursing Frances Reed Frances Reed 21 Jun 2019

    Researching the history of emotions in nursing

    Mike Holden is a PhD candidate at the University of York. As part of a placement programme with White Rose College of Arts and Humanities, Mike has joined the RCN Events and Exhibitions team to support the research and planning of a new exhibition. In this interview, he talks about his research into anger and protest within nursing and its history.

  • Royal College of Nursing supporting Pride events across the country Janan Nuri Janan Nuri 4 Jun 2019

    Make History with Pride

    This year Pride will mark 50 years since Stonewall. Janan Nuri tells us about the roots of the parade, and how you can get involved in Pride’s Golden Jubilee

  • Olive Marriott Nursing Certificate Liz Pinel Liz Pinel 23 May 2019

    The Curious Case of the Olive Certificate

    Most of the donations to our archive come direct from an individual or their family. Some however, come via a more circuitous route, including one recent donation which was found in a skip. 

  • Aspects of Age Frances Reed Frances Reed 21 May 2019

    Growing old (dis)gracefully: An exhibition on ageing

    How old is “old”? Who decides who is old? And more importantly, how does society value the people we consider to be older? Frances writes about our new exhibition

  • Stained glass history of emotion Anna Shipway Anna Shipway 13 May 2019

    Emotions and the art of nursing: Stained glass workshop

    Create a piece of stained glass in a workshop inspired by the history of emotions in nursing.

  • Library training for members Caroline Lynch Caroline Lynch 15 Apr 2019

    Library training for members - now UK sofa-wide

    The Library and Archive team are always looking for new ways to reach our members. This year we started to offer library training using Skype. This extends the successful training sessions held in our libraries to RCN members across the UK. You can join a training session from any location, even your sofa!

  • Gender politics Library and archive services Library and archive services 8 Mar 2019

    The Wandering Womb: Gender politics and women’s health

    For International Women's Day guest speaker Dr Anne Hanley writes about the history of gender politics in gynaecological and sexual health nursing in the early twentieth century.

  • Nursing and the history of emotions Sarah Chaney Sarah Chaney 15 Feb 2019

    Nursing and the History of the Emotions

    Did you know emotions have a history? Find out more about the way our expectations of emotion have changed over time, and why this is important to the history of nursing.

  • Screenshot of the RCN library search page with citation trail tool highlighted Library and archive services Library and archive services 12 Feb 2019

    Citation Trails

    We’ve recently added a new feature which will make it easier to explore topics and find material.