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The Faculty’s 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, you can view our past events below.

Dr Jane Brooks, University of Manchester

‘Under These Conditions Rank Was Barely Recognised’: British Nursing Sisters’ Quest for Collaboration on Active Service in the Second World War.

‘Rekindling the Desire to Live’

Professor Claire Chatterton, Staff Tutor, Open University and Visiting Professor, University of Chester – ‘Rekindling the Desire to Live’: Nursing Men following Facial Injury and Surgery during the First World War.

Irish Nursing Narratives 1914-1921

Paul Horan, Assistant Professor of Intellectual Disability Nursing, Trinity College, Dublin – Irish Nursing Narratives 1914-1921.

The History of Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT)

Colin Jones, ECT Nurse, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust – The History of Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT).

Florence Nightingale and Her Relevance for Nursing in the Twenty-First Century

Professor Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead, University of Chester – Florence Nightingale and Her Relevance for Nursing in the Twenty-First Century.

Leprosy: The Long Journey to Overcome the World’s Most Stigmatised Disease

Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead: Leprosy: The Long Journey to Overcome the World’s Most Stigmatised Disease

The Northern Powerhouse: Cotton Town Nurses Who Shaped the Profession

Dame Betty Kershaw, Professor Emeritus, University of Sheffield and former President of the Royal College of Nursing – The Northern Powerhouse: Cotton Town Nurses Who Shaped the Profession.

‘The Heat of Battle’ and Law on the Front Line

Professor Hilary Meredith – Hilary Meredith Solicitors ‘The Heat of Battle’ and Law on the Front Line

NHS 70th Anniversary event

NHS 70th Anniversary event: Professor Terry Wardle – From Barracks to Bevan and Beyond and Professor Angela Simpson – A Celebration of Health Education at the University and Reflections on How Health Education is Changing to Meet Future Health Priorities.

Mental Health and Learning Disabilities: Seeking Separate Identities

Professor Duncan Mitchell, Manchester Metropolitan University – Mental Health and Learning Disabilities: Seeking Separate Identities.

The Suffragettes: From Hard Sell to Hard Cell

Professor Emma Rees, Institute of Gender Studies, University of Chester – The Suffragettes: From Hard Sell to Hard Cell.  

The First World War: Returning Home Exhibition

University of Chester Riverside Museum – The First World War: Returning Home Exhibition launch with a performance of ‘Over by Christmas’ by Theatre in the Quarter