Welcome to the UK Association for the History of Nursing (UKAHN)

The Association is autonomous and self-governing, and a constituent member of the European Association for the History of Nursing (EAHN). The membership comprises individuals who are historians of nursing.

As well as information about the association you fill find other resources on the site to help researchers and others, interested in the history of nursing.

Nurses That Roared: From Suffrage to Civil and Patient Rights (online event)

Friday 23 April, 5.30pm

Throughout history, nurses have raged and roared, disrupting the status quo and challenging established norms. In this talk Julie Attenborough and Lisa Reynolds fill some of the gaps in the popular history of nursing, from which nurses whose images do not fit a standard mould have been omitted or adapted. We will hear about Catherine Pine, who was deeply involved in the suffrage movement in the early twentieth century, Mabel Staupers who campaigned for the inclusion of Black nurses in the US Army and Navy during World War II and mental health nursing pioneer Annie Altschul, who fought for the rights of marginalised patients. Find out about the collective bravery of those nurses who, through their practice, challenged injustice, disrupted established gender and race roles and took charge of their own futures.

Free and open to all. Book online here: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/events/lib-nurses-that-roared-230421

Call for Abstracts Fifth Issue 2023 The European Journal for Nursing History and Ethics

Here is an exciting opportunity for publication: ENHE is an interdisciplinary Open Access and peer-reviewed eJournal spanning the Humanities, Nursing Science, Social Sciences, and Cultural Studies. The journal is published online once a year with each edition having an individual theme and an open section that contains articles on various topics.

The theme for 2023 is “Suicide and its prevention: Historical and ethical perspectives in nursing”. In addition there are “Forum” and “Lost and Found” sections.

Deadline for abstracts: May 31th, 2021
Deadline for manuscripts: February 25th, 2022

More information and details for submission can be found here

British Society for the History of Medicine Congress

This September the British Society for the History of Medicine Congress will be hosting Professor Christine Hallett as one of its invited speakers. As a renown nurse historian it is a great opportunity for nursing history to be placed at the forefront of a medical history conference. Please click here for more details of the conference to be held at the University of Sheffield.

UKAHN Bulletin 2021

The 2021 issue of the UKHAN Bulletin will break new ground this year. For the first time we will focus the history of nurses from Black, Asian and other ethnic communities. The issue will pull together a collection of articles from around the world which discuss the experiences of nurses from such communities in an historical context, particularly in a colonial/post-colonial context. It will include a mix of already published and new work, full length articles and shorter articles on work in progress and book reviews. Just as importantly, the issue will focus on work produced by authors from these same backgrounds, offering a platform to authors whose work is underrepresented. The result will be a significant collection for writers and researchers both familiar with and new to the field.

Karen Flynn (Associate Professor in the Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and African-American Studies at University of Illinois), who has written about the history of Black women and healthcare in several contexts, will guest edit the issue.

If you would like to contribute to the issue there is still time to submit a proposal, either for a work already published or a new piece. You can find guidelines for publishing in the Bulletin here: www.bulletin.ukahn.org.

If you would like to discuss ideas for an article contact Dr Sue Hawkins, the Editor, at: https://bulletin.ukahn.org/contact/

Deadlines for final submission are 30 April 2021 for long articles and 30 May 2021 for other types of submission.


‘People are curiously incredulous of a danger they cannot see’. In her blog,  Sarah Rogers [PhD student University of Huddersfield] expands on this quote, From Eva Luckes, Matron of the London over 100 years ago, which sums up the problem, then as now, of people’s inability to understand infection

Upcoming events:

The rich mix of on-line events continues throughout March. Here are a selection that may be of interest:  

The RCN has a great regular programme of events on line – they can all be accessed here:

For nursing history in particular check out the 25th March 18.00 -19.30  Dr Erin Spinney on Black Nurses, Enslaved Labour and the Royal Navy 1790-1820

Also from the RCN, The RCN Library and Archive has just launched Past Caring, a new podcast series about the history of nursing. Each episode takes inspiration from RCN Library and Archive exhibitions exploring topics such as women’s health, myths about nursing, and learning disability nursing.

Past Caring is available on most podcast platforms. Listen to the first episode on Soundcloud here or subscribe to the series on Apple Podcasts.

Cancellation: 23rd UK Association for the History of Nursing Research Colloquium, Tuesday 29th June 2021.

After much deliberation the UKAHN committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 colloquium, planned to take place in Chichester on June 29th, in the light  of the ongoing uncertainty about the course of the current pandemic.

We very much hope that the 2022 colloquium (planned for the summer  but with the date to be confirmed) will go ahead. It will be held in Manchester. Details will be posted on this website, Twitter and Mailchimp.