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Hidden in plain sight: Exhibition launch for Black History Month

11 Oct 2017 17:30 - 19:30

20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN


Join us for the launch of our exhibition, with a special focus on celebrating the contributions of Black and Minority Ethnic nurses.

Hear from Wendy Irwin, the RCN's Diversity & Equality Co-ordinator, about why we're celebrating diversity in nursing, with particular emphasis on the contributions of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic nurses, lesbian nurses and Deaf mental health nursing.

Our main speaker for this evening is Yvonne Coghill OBE, Director of NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard Implementation. Yvonne will share her reflections and observations about the importance of challenging racism and its relevance to delivering better outcomes for all patients and staff. It promises to be a lively and thought-provoking evening.

This event will be live subtitled, with a BSL interpreter. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception and exhibition viewing.

The exhibition Hidden in plain sight: Celebrating nursing diversity is open to the public at the RCN Library and Heritage Centre from 11 October until 10 March 2018.

The nursing workforce is diverse, with health care workers representing a huge variety of backgrounds and experiences. This exhibition celebrates the contributions of some of the people whose work and lives have too often been overlooked. Here we highlight just a few of these disparate stories from the RCN collections, including the role of lesbian nurses in the First World War, the contributions of Black and Minority Ethnic nurses throughout the mid twentieth century, and the ways in which deaf mental health nurses have improved services for deaf patients at pioneering hospitals around England in the last few decades.

20 Cavendish Square

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 - 05/09/2018