As part of the project we are organising two series of events: academic workshops with a historical focus, and discussion forums for nurses and others interested in contemporary nursing and care practices, using Nightingale's life and ideas as a starting point.
In 2020, a travelling exhibition will commence at the Lakeside Arts Centre at the University of Nottingham - watch this space for updates.
2020 Workshop - 'The Home in Modern History and Culture'
Our second workshop explores the theme of Home and its applicability as a prism through which to understand historical and cultural change.
The case of Florence Nightingale demonstrates the richness and elasticity of the term ‘home’. Home for Nightingale meant variously a childhood sanctuary, a prison, a site for sanitary reform, a communal place for nurses to live and study, a spiritual refuge - even death.
For this workshop, we are seeking contributions from a range of periods and locations. Papers are invited from specialists in history, literature, geography, architecture, material culture, or other scholars with new/distinctive perspectives on the history and culture of the home.
Please visit the event page if you would like to know more!
2019 Workshop - 'Locating Health'
Our first workshop, entitled 'Locating Health' and focusing on regional histories of health in the period 1800-1948, took place on 11 January 2019 at the University of Nottingham. If you are interested to find out more about the contents, you can read the review of the day published on the medical humanities website thepolyphony.org. The conference website and call for papers are archived in the University's website.
Future workshops will be advertised via our blog page, so please do sign up for updates!
Nursing Discussion Forums
Our first discussion forum took take place on 23 September 2019, on the theme of creative reflection in nursing. This was run in conjunction with the UNESCO Nottingham City of Literature programme and the Royal Literary Fund, and linked up with the University of Nottingham’s Graduate Entry nursing programme.
We are planning to make one of the sessions from the day, a talk by the writer and nurse Molly Case (author of the new book How to Treat People), available online. Look out for updates on our blog.
We will be holding further events in 2020 - look out for updates here and on our blog.