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Find out more about life on ops past and present through this reading of genuine letters and emails from defence nurses to their friends and families, from the First World War to Afghanistan.
Letters from the archive, such as Pat Moody’s notes written from ‘the same bloody hospital’, offer an entertaining, and often sardonic, account of life as a military nurse in the Second World War.
Today, letters have largely become emails: yet the accounts of currently serving nurses are no less affecting. This live reading recounts the truly human story of healthcare in conflict situations.
Letters will include those from the RCN's 'Service Scrapbooks' project, conserving and digitising the scrapbooks and diaries of First World War nurses including Mabel Pearce, Florence Blythe-Brown and Hilda Hand.