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"Mummy what did you do in the War?" Family history workshop

10 Feb 2018 10:00 - 17:00

20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN

RCN Members: £7 £8

Find out how to research your Great War family history with talks and practical workshops.

Find out how to research your Great War family history, with a focus on nursing and VAD stories. The day will feature a mixture of talks and practical sessions, from exploring nursing records online to creative writing and family history.

Speakers include family history expert Kirsty Gray, nurse and poet Molly Case, and Dick and Lisa Robinson, who will talk about Dick's great aunt, First World War nurse Edith Appleton.

Lunch and tea and coffee is included in the ticket price.

Draft Programme

10.15 Registration & Coffee

10.45 Welcome and introduction to the RCN

10.50 Speaker 1: Researching your First World War family history - Kirsty Gray, Family Wise Ltd

11.45 Workshop 1

12.30 Lunch and exhibition viewing

13.30 Workshop 2

14.15 Speaker 2: The First World War and the Women’s Work Collection - Sarah Paterson, Imperial War Museum

15.00 Comfort Break

15.15 Workshop 3

16.00 Speaker 3: Edith Appleton’s Diaries: A Nurse at War - Dick and Lisa Robinson on Dick’s great-aunt, First World War nurse Edith Appleton

16.45 Close

Workshop options (everyone will do all 3 workshops in small groups):

Treasures Tour: view the First World War scrapbooks and treasures from the RCN collections
Ancestry & Nursing Records Online: Practical session using Ancestry and online nursing history research resources
All We Leave Behind: Excavating Our Family History: Creative writing workshop with nurse and poet Molly Case

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.