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Colloquium 28th June 2017

The 20th UK Association for the History of Nursing, Research Colloquium will be held on 28th June 2017 at the University of Huddersfield. We are very pleased to announce our keynote speaker as Teresa Doherty, library and archive manager, Royal College of Nursing, who will share how the wealth of resources and opportunities held within archives can inspire and inform us. She will be joined by a full schedule of research papers.

The Colloquium will be hosted on the University of Huddersfield campus and includes lunch in the award winning Heritage Quay Archive, when there will be the opportunity to explore the interactive collection guide. You can download the programme and abstract booklet.

In addition, a seminar will be held on the afternoon of the 27th June, 2pm - 4pm where a group of researchers will share and discuss their work informally. Further details of this seminar will be sent to colloquium delegates, all of whom will be welcome to join us if they wish to. Please book early as capacity is limited and allocated on a strictly ‘first come, first served’ basis! The seminar on the 27th is free. The costs for the Colloquium day are £20 for the waged and £10 for concessions To book your place at the colloquium please go to the University on- line store at:


Huddersfield is a large historic town situated in West Yorkshire, just to the east of the Pennine hills south of York and between Manchester and Leeds. The townships on the steep hills are dotted with evidence of preindustrial weaving communities. The town itself, with many fine buildings, mills, canal and railway date from its industrial growth. The University of Huddersfield has its origins in the 19th century Huddersfield Mechanics Institute, becoming Huddersfield Polytechnic in 1970 and the university of Huddersfield in 1992.

Huddersfield has good road and rail links as well as regular direct train links with Manchester airport. Transport advice and maps can be found here:

There are a number of hotels in Huddersfield and although there is no particular recommendation, the Premier Inn Central Huddersfield [situated in the canal basin at Aspley] is the most convenient: it is an easy 15 minutes’ walk or a short taxi ride from the railway station, and just a couple of minutes’ walk from the University.

I will be hoping to secure some parking places on campus but these are very limited. If you particularly need a close parking spot, or need an accessible space or any additional support please let me know so that I can ensure your stay is trouble-free and enjoyable.

If you have any queries about travel or accommodation, please email me and I will do my best to help.

The UK Association for the History of Nursing, Research Colloquium was held on 11 July 2016 at the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps Regimental Headquarters, Camberley. The Headquarters is housed in what was the Army’s Staff and Command College within the prestigious Royal Military Academy (Sandhurst) estate.


Rekindling the desire to live?’ Nursing men following facial injury and surgery during the First World War: Dr. Claire Chatterton: Staff Tutor, The Open University in the North West & Chair of the RCN History of Nursing Society & Marilyn McInnes: Independent Scholar

Regulating care during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Nurses and perceptions of Nursing in the Royal Navy and the British Army: Erin Spinney: PhD Student, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Not only fighting ... but also the heat, disease and insects, and HOME was miles away’: The challenges of nursing on active service overseas in the Second World War: Dr. Jane Brooks: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester

Keynote: Inside the tent looking out: A military nurse’s perspective on the history of military nursing: Lt Col (Retd) Dr Keiron Spires QVRM TD: Chair QARANC Association Heritage Committee

World War One and the civilian nursing services in England: Dr. Stuart Wildman: Honorary Research Fellow, History of Medicine Unit, University of Birmingham

The nursing narratives of women who served in the Middle East during the First World War: Dr Nadia Atia: Lecturer in World Literature, Queen Mary University of London

Male British Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment Members in the First World War: Recruitment, Training, Work and Conscription: Dr. Rosemary Wall: Senior Lecturer in Global History, University of Hull

Treating civilian casualties of war from an adversary country- finding heart and soul in PICU: Orly Kolpak: Nursing Administration, Galilee Medical Center, Israel

With Grateful thanks to Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, and the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps Association for their help and support in managing this event.

The UK Association for the History of Nursing, Research Colloquium was held on 9 July 2015 at the Infirmary Museum, University of Worcester. The day’s events took place in the chapel of the former Infirmary, which now houses the museum.


‘Sisters Of Charity Nurses In Civil War Louisville, Kentucky’. Mary Ann Thompson & Sara S. Bolten (McKendree University, Louisville, Kentucky, USA)

‘A Calling To Emancipation: Race And Gender In The Arena Of Public Nursing Among Swedish Mission Nurses In South Africa’. Ingrid Ussher (PhD Candidate – University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa)

“Britain’s Fight Against The Cruel Sea’ Disaster Nursing And The East Coast Floods Of 1953”. Claire Chatterton & Pauline Brand (Open University)

‘Complementary And Alternative Medicine In British Nursing Practice 1948-2000’. Christine Gowing (PhD Student, University of Birmingham)

“Yours Respectfully, Agnes Louisa Smith, Trained Nurse.” ‘Considering Poor Law Midwifery And Nursing In The English Midlands, 1834-1881’. Fran Badger (University of Birmingham)

‘Catherine Wood: Midwife To Paediatric Nursing?’. Sue Hawkins (Kingston University, London)

‘Learning To Care: Exploring Nurse Education In Herefordshire And Worcestershire 1900-2010’. Jane Adams, Carol Bowsher, Jacqui Fernell, Dot Morrison (The Infirmary, University of Worcester)

‘The Lost Register: Reconstructing a comprehensive record of nurses who trained in the Union Infirmary Belfast, 1888 – 1920’. Seán Graffin (University of Ulster)

Keynote: "Politics and Public Health: A History of Community Nursing". Professor Rima D. Apple, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

The UKAHN is grateful to Mark McLeod and the staff of the Infirmary, University of Worcester for managing this event. For information regarding the medical museums in Worcester go to

    @ 2015 UK Association for the History of Nursing