|The Nightingale Society|
|Newsletter||15 January 2014|
Dear Nightingale Society member
As the new year gets underway, what can we do to counter the Seacole exaggerations and fictions? Anyone willing to help?
Websites often say “Write a review.” It seems that few people do, so a strongly worded statement saying something about what is wrong, with a reference to the website that corrects that misinformation; www.maryseacole.info/ could help.
YouTube. I have been encouraged to do YouTubes–not very fancy, but they do make coherent statements, and are short (around 3 minutes). You will be able to see them soon. Anyone can post YouTubes (it only takes getting a page on the system, which is free). Any takers?
Thanks to those who let me know, and please continue to, about newspaper or other print sources with errors. If I get the material fast enough, I can to a letter to the editor.
The Times Literary Supplement published my article in December 2013 in its Commentary section. Hugh Small wrote a letter to the editor with a pro-Seacole statement, but I got another go with a letter on 3 January 2014. You can see the entire exchange here:
Cross-party Support for Seacole Campaign
There seems to be amazing cross-party support for the Seacole campaign. The last Early Day Motion had a lot of Labour support, but no fewer than four Conservative Cabinet ministers have produced inaccurate pro-Seacole statments (former minister Brian Mawhinney, current ministers Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Anne Milton). Also the Conservative mayor of London, Boris Johnson!, in a chapter in his 2011 Johnson’s Life of London: The People Who Made the City That Made the World, which calls Nightingale and Seacole “fellow nurses,” and has Nightingale looking down her “beaky nose” at Seacole at the Royal Surrey Gardens events for Seacole. (His daughter played Queen Victoria giving medals to both Seacole and Nightingale, although he acknowledged that this did not happen). He gives Nightingale credit for wanting to change the world, and get people to take nursing seriously. But still he gives Seacole joint credit with her for the beginning of nursing. He follows Rappaport in blaming Nightingale for influencing Queen Victoria not to invite Seacole to the Palace!