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Date and time
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 16:00 to 17:30
Address
Castle Drive
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 1SL
United Kingdom

About the Event

Professor Alannah Tomkins, Keele University

The Chester Infirmary opened in 1755 and joined a growing set of charity hospitals in English county towns.  Histories of discrete hospitals tend to cover their administration, and illustrious men among their Governors and doctors, but this paper will look at the Infirmary from the perspective of the women employed as nurses.  What were their terms of service, and how did these compare with the experiences of women working in one of the other provincial infirmaries, or one of the London hospitals?  This paper will consider the Chester nurses from the opening of the infirmary until the year of Nightingale’s birth, and consider them as valued parts of a functioning charity rather than the sub-standard employees swept away by nursing reform.

Alannah graduated in 1991 from Keele University with a first class, dual honours degree in History and English and then spent four years at Oxford University, three as a post-graduate student in History at Exeter College and one as an employee of the University.  In 1995 she returned to Keele to take up a post as a Lecturer in History (Professor from 2017). Alannah is currently researching aspects of the English social history of medicine, including the experiences of doctors who struggled to secure or maintain a professional identity c.1780-1880, and working-class autobiographies with particular reference to workhouse life.

The University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care (FHSC) Historical Society aims to unite individuals with an interest in medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work across the University and the wider community. The Society meets regularly for a range of talks and discussion and anyone with an interest in health and social care or social history is welcome to attend.

Host: Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society

Admission free but booking necessary for seating and refreshment purposes (tea, coffee and cake will be provided).

Please contact fhsc.histsoc@chester.ac.uk or call 01244 512095 to confirm your place.

There is no car parking available at the Riverside Campus. Access to the lecture rooms is through the main entrance, opposite the River Dee. Further details on parking and transport options are available on our How to Find Us page.

The University of Chester Riverside Museum will also be open from 1-4pm, free admission and no booking necessary.

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Address

Castle Drive
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 1SL
United Kingdom