RCN Library and Heritage Centre, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN
The exhibition draws on new research from project partners at Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions, funded by the Wellcome Trust, to explore the cultural context in which emotions have been understood in nursing. From concepts of religious love and faith, idealised motherhood and gendered notions of care, to the role of military discipline in the professionalisation of nursing, it focuses on six key emotional themes: birth, death, sex, faith, war and protest.
Through the display of RCN Collection items, historical objects from lending institutions and immersive design elements, the exhibition asks visitors to question which, if any, emotions are necessary for good care, how important compassion really is and how long certain emotions have been attached to nurses and the health care professions.
Central to the exhibition is a specially commissioned stained glass artwork, created by artist Rachel Mulligan in collaboration with RCN members and health care professionals.
The RCN Library and Heritage Centre, including this exhibition, is currently closed.
There are still plenty of ways to make the most of our exhibitions and events:
This exhibition will be on display at the Library and Heritage Centre for at least 2 years and has replaced the exhibition The Voice of Nursing: Celebrating 100 years of the RCN.
See our What's On page for current exhibitions and events.
All our exhibitions are free to visit. Our opening hours are Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm, and Saturdays 9am - 5pm.
The venue is fully wheelchair accessible with a lift down to the lower ground floor exhibition space. We offer large print guides of exhibition content and transcription of sounds clips upon request. Assistance dogs are welcome.
If you have any other needs, please email us at email@example.com and we will assist you wherever possible.
20 Cavendish Square is located behind John Lewis, Oxford Street.
The nearest stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street.
There are many buses routes that stop nearby, including the 10, 25, 55, 73, 98 and 390.
Page last updated - 26/12/2020