Edith Cavell: Nurse and Patriot

28 April 2014 15:30

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Florence Nightingale Museum

Edith Cavell: Nurse and Patriot

28th April 2014 at 3.30pm

This talk is included in the museum ticket price and there is no need to book.

Edith Cavell, heroine of the First World War, had been working as a Matron in a private hospital and nurse training school in Belgium when war broke out. Edith stayed to nurse the wounded when Brussels was occupied by the German army, and she became part of a secret organisation which helped British and Belgian soldiers trying to escape. Cavell was arrested by the German secret police, and with other members of the escape network, was found guilty of war treason and shot on 12 October 1915. Jonathan Evans examines Edith's life and her impact on nursing, together with her influence on the war which saw her death used as a propaganda weapon.

Jonathan is the Archivist of Barts Health NHS Trust. In this role, he has care of some of the most interesting records of healthcare available in Britain and this has encouraged his interest in medical and nursing history. His publications include a brief biography of Edith Cavell (2007), a chapter in Anatomical Dissection in Enlightenment Britain and beyond... (2012)and numerous other books and articles.