UKAHN Colloquium 2022: Portico Library, Manchester: 5 July

The 2022 UKAHN colloquium is being held at the Portico Library in the centre of Manchester on 5 July. Please join us to celebrate the history of nursing in this iconic space.

The Portico needs delegate numbers for catering purposes – late bookings may not be possible, so please apply via Eventbrite by 10 June 2022. Lunch is included in the colloquium fee.
Booking is here via Eventbright
Waged £40
Unwaged/students £30

Refunds – minus the booking fee automatically charged by Eventbright, will be possible up to 21st June.

The Colloquium has a proud tradition of providing a supportive environment and space for researchers to present work in progress and obtain feedback for further development of their research. We are very pleased to have received a wide range of papers with international breadth, exploring  3 centuries of nursing history, the programme for the day is here:

Manchester Colloquium Programme
 5 July 2022


09.30-09.45        Coffee and registration – Jane Brooks

09.45-10.00        Welcome and opening remarks: Jane Brooks & Christine Hallett

Chair: Amanda Gwinnup

10.00-10.30       A vast science for a difficult art’: The nurse in medical journals during  the fascism in Italy: Anna La Torre

10.30-11.00       ‘A Disembodied Presence’: Wartime Constructions of the Body of the Nurse:  Katherine Roberts

11.00-11.30        Nursing services and training in South Arabia during the late British colonial period: 1950-1967: Mona Farah Mohammed

11.30-11.45        Comfort Break

Chair: Sarah Rogers

11.45-12.15        The problem of maternal ignorance:  Rural public health efforts during the Great Depression: Rima Apple

12.15-12.45       In the nursing homes, the nurses really nurse: Private nursing in 1930s London: Janet Hargreaves

12.45-1.15          Lunch

Chair: Janet Hargreaves

1.15-1.45:           Meeting to discuss UKAHN future

1.45-2.15            ‘I helpt to nurse’: Care work by Georgian spinsters, 1780-1820: Alannah Tomkins

2.15-2.30             Comfort Break

Chair: Sue Hawkins

2.30-3.00            ‘The children of our slums’:  The contribution of Annie M. P. Smithson, nurse and midwife, to infant welfare in Dublin: Anne Fallon

3.00-3.30             Nurses in the English Workhouse, 1834-1870: Stuart Wildman

3.30-4.00            Closing remarks: Jane Brooks & Christine Hallett


The Portico Library boasts a 215-year history, having been established in 1806 by 400 founding subscribers. As its website states, early readers included future prime ministers, leading scientists and educators and world-famous authors, including Mrs Gaskell. A truly stunning setting for a colloquium.

Please note that the library is accessible by stairs or a stair lift only.  There are no lifts. Further information can be found here:

Advice on accomodation: The Portico is in the centre of Manchester, close to rail links and many hotels. We are not holding rooms for those attending the colloquium as there are many hotels from which to choose in Manchester.  However, several members of the UKAHN Committee will be staying at Motel One , Piccadilly. This is a reasonably priced hotel next to Piccadilly railway station and about a 5-10 minute walk across the Piccadilly Gardens to the Portico Library. The bedrooms are not large, but the en-suite shower-rooms are well appointed. There is a large open plan lobby and bar on the ground floor to meet. Please note there are other Motel Ones in Manchester, so be sure to book the one in Piccadilly,  if this is your choice.In the Piccadilly area there are about seven other hotels including the more expensive, Malmaison, Hilton Doubletree and Mercure, to the Holiday Inn and Travelodge. The visit Manchester site is a good source for information:

Please note, June and July are very busy times in Manchester, so you are advised to book early.

Meeting and eating together: as we get nearer to the event, we will be planning an informal dinner on the evening before (4th July) and the evening of (5th July) the Colloquium. All who are able to join us will be very welcome. Jane Brooks will contact delegates to advise on the dining arrangements in due course.

The UKAHN Bulletin 2022
Papers submitted for the Colloquium will also be considered for publication in the 2023 issue of UKAHN’s annual online journal, The UKAHN Bulletin. Guidance for authors can be found here:

The last UKAHN colloquium was in 2019, so the Committee are very much look forward to welcoming old friends and new to this year’s colloquium. Please come and celebrate with us in Manchester – ‘the first industrial city’.