Nurses of Passchendaele

Professor Christine Hallett, University of Manchester

Link to Nurses of Passchendaele event
Wednesday, 1st November, 2017
16:00 - 17:30
University of Chester, Riverside Campus, room tbc

The Ypres Salient saw some of the bitterest fighting of the First World War.  Many of those involved were severely wounded and emotionally damaged.  In casualty clearing stations, on ambulance trains and barges, and at base hospitals near the French and Belgian coasts, nurses of many nations cared for these traumatised men.  Drawing on letters, diaries and personal accounts from archives all over the world, Nurses of Passchendaele tells their stories - faithfully recounting their experiences behind the Ypres Salient in one of the most intense and prolonged casualty evacuation processes in the history of modern warfare.  Nurses themselves came under shellfire and were vulnerable to aerial bombardment, and some were killed or injured while on active service. Alongside an analysis of the intricacies of their practice, the talk traces the personal stories of some of these extraordinary women, revealing the courage, resilience and compassion with which they did their work.

Christine Hallett is Professor of Nursing History at the University of Manchester, UK.  She is Chair of the UK Association for the History of Nursing and President of the European Association for the History of Nursing, and holds Fellowships of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society for the Arts.  She is a trained nurse, and has PhDs in both Nursing and History.  She practised as a nurse in the North of England from 1985 to 1989, before moving into teaching and research.  Her most recent work has focussed on the nurses of the First World War, and among her many publications are three single-authored books: Containing Trauma: Nursing Work in the First World War (Manchester University Press, 2009); Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War (Oxford University Press, 2014); and Nurse Writers of the Great War (Manchester University Press, 2016).

Host: Faculty of Health and Social Historical Society

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.

Admission free but booking necessary.

Please contact Roger Whiteley (r.whiteley@chester.ac.uk, 01244 511619) to confirm your place.

There is no car parking available at the Riverside Campus (formerly County Hall) and access to the lecture rooms is through the main entrance, opposite the River Dee. The address is: University of Chester, Riverside Campus, Castle Drive, Chester CH1 1SL.

The Faculty of Health and Social Care Riverside Museum will also be open between 1pm and 4pm.