Edith Cavell and the Role of Nursing During WW1 is Subject of Regional Conference

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Academics from around the world are coming together to explore the role of nursing during the First World War.

Organised by the Women’s History Network, Midlands Region, and hosted by the University of Worcester, the Conference, later this month, will look at the work of Edith Cavell, among others.

British nurse Edith Cavell was the most famous woman killed during the First World War and 2015 marks the centenary of her death. The conference will explore the many commemorations that have taken place since her death, along with representations of the martyr in children’s literature, among many other topics.

The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Christine Hallett, from the University of Manchester. Her publications include: Containing Trauma: Nursing Work in the First World War; Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War; and One Hundred Years of Wartime Nursing Practices.

Attendees will also be able to visit the Infirmary Medical Museum and look at an exhibition provided by the Edith Cavell Trust.

The conference takes place on Saturday, November 21 from 10.30am to 4pm at the University’s City Campus. Entry is £15, or £7.50 for concessions/ University of Worcester and local school/college students are free.

For more information contact Dr Wendy Toon, Conference Organiser, at