Discover Oxford’s nursing history at new exhibition

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

125 nursing

Oxford Brookes is continuing its celebrations of 125 years of nursing education with the launch of a new exhibition at Oxford Town Hall.

The exhibition will be on display for two weeks from Monday 17 October until Friday 28 October in the Old Museum at the Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s Street in Oxford City Centre, 10.00am-4.00pm (closed on Sundays).

The new exhibition will illustrate through a collection of pictures, photographs, memorabilia and posters the history of nursing and nurse education from 1891 to 2016.

It has been carefully planned and put together by Presidents of the Radcliffe Guild of Nurses past and present as well as Brookes staff.

Dr Liz Westcott, Head of the Department of Nursing, Oxford Brookes University

It has been made possible thanks to a recent Sharing Heritage grant of over £7,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Dr Liz Westcott, Head of the Department of Nursing at Oxford Brookes University said: “We are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support and the Oxford Town Hall for hosting the exhibition for us. It has been carefully planned and put together by Presidents of the Radcliffe Guild of Nurses past and present as well as Brookes staff. 

“It promises to be a really interesting display capturing the true history of nurse education, and I would encourage people of all ages to visit and experience this great story.”

Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that the University’s staff and volunteers can embark on a real journey of discovery. Oxford Brookes has a proud history in providing nursing education and this National Lottery grant will help tell this 125-year history.”

On Tuesday 18 October, invited guests including mayors, council and religious leaders from across the county, as well as local school pupils and students, staff and alumni from Oxford Brookes will come together with local nurse leaders for the annual St Frideswide Civic Service at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. 

As well as celebrating the county’s patron saint St Frideswide, the Saxon princess and healer around whose church the city of Oxford developed, the Civic Service will also honour the city’s nursing history.

The Revd Canon Edmund Newey, Sub-Dean of Christ Church said: “We are delighted to be sharing in the celebrations of 125 years of nursing education in the city. The service will focus on the nature and the scope of professional caring; a vocation that is becoming ever more important in today’s society.”

The service will include poetry readings and displays from local school pupils, and performances from a choir of Brookes nursing students and Brookes Union’s Jazz Society.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Image courtesy of Oxfordshire Health Archives