Pioneer and Campaigner

Dorothy Brooke, 1883-1955

Display No. 9

Dorothy Brooke was the founder of the The Old War Horse Memorial Hospital in 1934 in Cairo. After the First World War, thousand British Army horses were sold in Cairo to live a painful life of hard labour. Often carrying too much weight (up to 140 kg), they experienced malnutrition and exhaustion.

Buying 70-80 animals a week on the markets of Cairo, Brooke offered them a better life. She collected and used data to better serve the needs of her patients and her compassion was often compared to that of Florence Nightingale.

©Brooke / Searight collection

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Nightingale is respected worldwide for her pioneering role in developing the nursing profession, her statistical work, and her evidence-based approach to healthcare. In honour of her bicentenary the World Health Organisation have named 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

In our special exhibition, you will find out about objects, people and places which tell interesting stories about Florence’s life and legacy. You’ll discover artefacts from her life, people she both inspired and challenged, and places she helped to shape. There’s many more insights too!

Please click on the different sections of her famous coxcomb diagram to explore various aspects of her life and legacy. We hope you enjoy exploring!