The RNOH is hosting a free event with Sarah Paterson, Librarian from the Imperial War Museum, who will be presenting:
‘First World War nursing as seen through the Women’s Work Collection at the Imperial War Museum’: an illustrated talk looking at the development of different nursing organisations in the First World War and the work they did. The Women’s Work Sub-Committee at the Imperial War Museum acquired a mass of information, images and objects relating to all aspects of the female contribution to the First World War. Nursing was enormously significant.
The talk takes place on Wednesday 9th October 6-9pm in Charles Lack, The Herbert Seddon Teaching Centre, RNOH, Stanmore.
The talk will be followed by refreshments.
This talk is facilitated by Pegleg Productions as part of ‘Searching for the Grey Lady: A Ghost from WW1 at the RNOH’, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund through a First World War – Then and Now grant. To mark the end of the Centenary of the First World War, between March 2019 - March 2020, the project focuses on the RNOH’s First World War heritage and how it affected the founding and evolution of this world-renowned orthopaedic hospital. Some believe the hospital’s ‘Grey Lady’ ghost is Mary Wardell, who in 1883 purchased the Stanmore site for a scarlet fever isolation hospital, and subsequently managed its evolution into a First World War auxiliary military convalescent hospital. By July 1915 it had 56 beds for sick and wounded servicemen and was known variously as the Wardell Auxiliary Hospital or the Wardell Military Hospital.
In this project Pegleg Productions enables participants’ access to archives, including surviving First World War era traces and objects on the Stanmore site, to reveal and share the First World War legacy of rehabilitation and renewal from the perspective of people whose lives continue to be shaped by that heritage - in this case, the RNOH nursing community.
Sarah Paterson has worked as Librarian at the Imperial War Museum in London for thirty-two years. She is the author of various family history books and has a particular interest in women’s services – especially nursing, prisoners of war, military families and the Occupation of Germany after both World Wars.
Pegleg Productions was established in 2011 by artist filmmaker Nicola Lane with the aim of discovering, producing, and creating projects with a 'different, difficult, and diverse point of view', with a focus on disability. In 2013 Pegleg Productions was funded by Big Lottery Awards4All to create THE FITTING ROOM film project, in collaboration with a group of eight women amputees from the RNOH Prosthetics Rehabilitation Unit.
Thanks to National Lottery players for their charitable support to help deliver this project.
Supported by Gateways to the First World War
Spaces are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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IMAGES: Baroness T'Serclaes and Miss Mairi Chisholm outside their sandbagged third "poste" in Pervyse, 9 September 1917. Ernest Brooks. Q 2969