From Debutante to Drudgery: Nurses and Stately Homes in the First World War

10 July 2014 18:30

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Florence Nightingale Museum

From Debutante to Drudgery: Nurses and Stately Homes in the First World War

Nursing was one of the main ways that women could participate in the war effort, and many had romantic notions of sitting at the bedside of a wounded soldier, bringing him back to health. Women of all classes trained in various forms of nursing, but it was the aristocratic nurses who were often able to open their country houses as hospitals to provide care for wounded and convalescing soldiers. This talk will examine the relationship between the nurses, their patients and the vital role of the English stately home as a place of care during the First World War.

Dr Julie Anderson is a medical historian based at the University of Kent with a special interest in the history of the First and Second World Wars. Her interest in stately homes as hospitals stems from work undertaken with English Heritage on war and disability, which preceded her avid interest in Downton Abbey.