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Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole: Nurse and Doctress

Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole were both important nineteenth-century figures, but Nightingale has been under attack for some 30 years, while Seacole is now being treated as “the real angel of the Crimean War”.


Thursday May 17th at 6.30pm
Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole: Nurse and Doctress
Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole were both important nineteenth-century figures, but Nightingale has been under attack for some 30 years, while Seacole is now being treated as “the real angel of the Crimean War”. In this lecture Dr Lynn McDonald will explain the differences between these two women and their contributions, Nightingale as nurse, public health and hospital reformer, and Seacole as doctress, businesswoman, voluntary first aid worker and author. McDonald will argue that Seacole deserves to be honoured, but should be for her own significant achievements, and not Nightingale’s. The campaign for a 3-metre high bronze statue of Seacole, at Nightingale’s hospital, St Thomas’, will be examined in the light of what Seacole herself claimed for her contribution, and her own description of her relationship with Nightingale, in her memoir, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands.

Dr Lynn McDonald is the director of The Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, a former member of Canada’s Parliament, and former president of Canada’s largest women’s organization.

The lecture will be followed by a free glass of wine and an opportunity to view the museum. Admission price £12.00. (Members of the Florence Nightingale Museum £10.00) To book, please contact Katie Edwards on katie@florence-nightingale.co.uk or 020 7620 0374.


Speaker(s):

Dr Lynn McDonald | talks

 

Date and Time:

17 May 2012 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Florence Nightingale Museum
Gassiot House
2 Lambeth Palace Road
London
SE1 7EW
020 7620 0374
http://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk

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Tickets:

£12 (£10 for Members)

Available from:

katie@florence-nightingale.co.uk

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