Thursday, February 25, 2010

Screening the Nurse: Call to Service

An exploration of nursing in the film collection of the Imperial War Museum

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February 2010, 10am-5.45pm

On the 27th-28th February the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery and curators from the Imperial War Museum will use film to celebrate and analyse nurses' contributions to war - from Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole in the Crimean War to 21st century nursing in Iraq, via 20th century wars.

Modern professional nursing was born in the crucible of war. 2010 marks the 150th anniversary of the Nightingale Training School from which the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London is descended. The School was funded by an outpouring of national thanksgiving for Florence Nightingale in the form of charitable donations, following her expedition to Turkey during the Crimean War.

Experts from the School and colleagues from Film Studies, War Studies and the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, together with the Museum's curators and guests from other universities, will introduce documentary, recruitment and feature films followed by question and answer sessions featuring panels of experts. A live musical accompaniment will provide a soundtrack to the silent films. Some of the films have never been screened to the public before.

Screening the Nurse: Call to Service is open to the public and entry is free. Admission is first come, first entry, and visitors may enter and exit between, but not during, sessions.

For the programme and more information see

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