|The Nightingale Society|
|Newsletter||25 March 2019
Notice of April events
Lynn McDonald is speaking at King’s College, London, Wednesday April 10, 2019, 2:30 to 4:00 pm, “Mary Seacole: Myths in the Making of the Nursing Profession,” Room B5, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH. Reception following.
The Nightingale Society annual meeting will be held at the Royal Statistical Society, Friday April 12, 2019, at 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, chaired by Eileen Magnello.
- The RSS kindly provides lunch (please reply if attending: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Agenda to come: focus on Bicentenary 2020 events; the meeting is conveniently scheduled for the day after the 2020 Partners meeting takes place at the Wellcome Trust.
- For anyone at the RSS meeting who can join in an early dinner in the evening, please say in a reply (for reservation purposes).
Lea Hurst meeting (20 March) minutes
Present: Lynn McDonald, Eileen Magnello, David Green, Peter Kay, Pat Smedley, Gerald Calver, Paul Whittle, Alex Whitehead, Robert Dingwall, Stephanie Davies, Ron Common, Anna Greenwood, Jonathan Memel, Richard Bates, Frances Cadd, Mathilde Vialard
1. 2020 Plans
LM expressed the hope that we can use 2020 to promote the ongoing relevance of Nightingale to nursing, environmentalism, and other areas.
University of Nottingham ‘Nightingale Comes Home’ Project summary (Paul Crawford & team)
The team is organising:
- An exhibition to run in Nottingham April-August 2020, with exhibition boards travelling around the East Midlands thereafter.
- A series of ‘Discussion Arenas’ for nurses, beginning September 2019, run in conjunction with the Royal Literary Fund and graduate entry training scheme for nurses.
- A British Library Study Day to take place in autumn 2020.
- Academic workshops on related historical themes.
The team also has an active blog http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/florencenightingale/ and website www.florencenightingale.org
The team is writing a book on Nightingale and the theme of ‘home’ – publisher not yet confirmed.
Florence Nightingale Museum (Dave Green)
- The museum is organising its own exhibition, “Florence Nightingale as Leader and Visionary”. This project aims to encourage contemporary nurses to think about their inspirations and add to the museum’s oral history collection.
- There will also be an online exhibition, “Nightingale in 200 Objects and Places” – this will be a simpler-level introduction to her life and work, telling her story through museum artefacts and locations such as Lea Hurst and Embley. This exhibition will be co-created with nurses from St Thomas’s and patients at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
- 2020 Events Calendar – this will be a gateway to all 2020 FN events in the UK. There is a funding bid in to the Heritage Lottery Fund for this. It will go live in July 2019.
The museum is planning to be involved in two events of national significance:
- Wreath-laying ceremony at the Nightingale statue – the FN nursing school used to do this regularly until stopped by the threat of IRA terrorism in 1973. This will hopefully include royal attendees.
- Lord Mayor’s Show – the museum has been invited to take part. This is typically attended by 500,000 people on the streets and is televised. Opportunity to highlight FN as only the 2nd woman to win the freedom of the city. The museum’s involvement will be something very ‘visual’.
Other ongoing projects:
- Reform the schools programme to be able to get more people in – including sponsored sessions, e.g. by St Thomas’ on healthy eating, the importance of fresh air, etc. Want to make it free for the poorest schools to take part.
- Steering group for the major global nursing conference at the Excel arena, October 2020, theme of ‘healthcare as global and universal’. Ties in with the WHO Year of the Nurse and Midwife. FN Foundation leading on this. LM to speak, hopefully.
- Possible museum premises move. The museum has seen visitor numbers increase 10% and is bursting at the seams. Announcement to follow in May.
- Commemorative stamps and similar. Have been in contact with Royal Mail – society members are encouraged to write in and badger them about this.
- Chelsea Flower Show. The Burdett Trust for Nursing has offered to sponsor a Nightingale flower bed. Baroness Watkins, trustee, is fundraising for this. In discussions with hospitals about taking the bed subsequently so that it has a legacy. May be worth suggesting this to the London Road hospital in Derby, which is discussing renaming itself as Florence Nightingale Hospital for 2020 and moving the Nightingale statue in Derby so that it is outside that hospital. (see https://www.uhdb.nhs.uk/ceos-blog/next-years-the-200th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-florence-nightingale-2817)
Royal Statistical Society (Eileen Magnello)
- Radical Statistics Group will be holding a conference in Feb 2020, with three speakers on Nightingale’s statistical work, and will be creating an annual Florence Nightingale lecture on statistics.
- June/July – Royal Statistical Society Meeting – current and former presidents of the RSS are to speak about Nightingale and related topics such as the census, risk, medical statistics. The RSS also wants to have a Florence Nightingale Statistics Day.
- Seeking to get the polar area graph into the Science Museum
Leeds plans (Stephanie Davies, Lotherton Hall)
- Community workshops around Marianne Nicholson and Douglas Galton.
- Exhibition “Youthful inspirations: the seeds of genius” – focusing on FN”s family relationships, Christian faith, and work for social change.
- Connecting in to Lotherton’s main Japan exhibition by including a display on nursing in Japan and Nightingale’s impact on this.
- Community archive project – opening materials for people to come in and research Nightingale.
- Displays highlighting the art of Nightingale and her cousins.
- KS2 workshops – these have been very popular – focus on Nightingale getting ready for the Crimea, putting her case together, caring for sick animals, etc, featuring a live FN performer.
- Leeds General Infirmary pop-up exhibition in the entrance hall. Potentially also seeking speakers for events there.
Derbyshire plans (Ron Common)
- Ron runs a group promoting the restoration of Aqueduct Cottage, by the Cromford Canal on ex-NIghtingale land.
- Potential larger commemorative project for 2020 – discussions with John Smedleys Mill and Cromford Mills who are interested in the idea – possible steam train re-enactment of Nightingale’s return from Crimea. Ron to discuss further with Pat Smedley her experience of running similar events in 2010.
2. Other matters
New Nursing Degree Programme at Nottingham Trent (Robert Dingwall)
- Plan for a new nursing degree / apprenticeship programme at NTU – however this is now on hold pending the new Dean.
- Called an ‘apprenticeship’ because the balance between academic and hospital work is different to a conventional degree. The idea is to provide opportunities to people who might not meet the academic requirements for a degree programme but have relevant practical experience.
Warwickshire schools (Gerald Carver)
In talks with the University of Warwick and the mayors of Leamington and Coventry about teaching packs for schools.
- May need support in putting together a guidance leaflet for teachers or similar.
- Society members are encouraged to share teaching resources that they have developed.
‘Fake History’ and promoting Kofoworola Abeni Pratt
- LM is to speak at Kings College (Waterloo) on Mary Seacole on 10 April, 2 p.m.
- LM and DG are preparing to speak with the Health Secretary about the celebration of pioneering black and ethnic minority nurses.
- Ways to promote Pratt – e.g. LM to write a piece for the Nottingham project’s blog which could then be promoted to the Nursing Times / Nursing Standard. Nottingham team to follow up on this with LM.