reading lunch: Whose Story?: the Question of Nursing History
When we write history, whose voices do we hear? Do the voices we listen to impact the kinds of histories we can write? And should historians be expected to seek out under-represented voices?
Opening in the Oculus and the MRC on the 15th June, the Here to Stay Exhibition will explore the contributions of the Windrush generation and their descendants to the NHS through the testimony of past and present nurses. The voices of many nurses, however, have remained relatively quiet. We therefore invite you to continue the conversation started by the exhibition and join us in our final reading lunch of the year in considering what role nursing history could, or should, have within the history of medicine.
Come join us in exploring the impact that drawing on different experiences, especially those of nurses, might have on the history of medicine.
We will provide a light lunch, so let us know by the day before if you intend on coming.
The reading is a recent publication from the ongoing “Nursing a Plague: HIV and AIDS Care, 1981-1996” research project. It can be accessed online at: https://thepolyphony.org/2019/05/01/care-crafting-and-creative-nursing-hiv-aids-histories-and-the-rise-of-person-centred-care/