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New exhibition celebrates Oxford’s nursing history

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Oxford Brookes University is continuing its celebrations of 125 years of nursing education with the launch of a new exhibition.

The exhibition will be on display for two weeks from Monday 17 October until Friday 28 October in the Old Museum at the Oxford Town Hall.

“It promises to be a really interesting display capturing the true history of nurse education”

Liz Westcott

The new exhibition will illustrate through a collection of pictures, photographs, memorabilia and posters the history of nursing and nurse education from 1891 to 2016.

It has been made possible thanks to a recent Sharing Heritage grant of over £7,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Dr Liz Westcott, head of the nursing department at Oxford Brookes, said: “It has been carefully planned and put together by presidents of the Radcliffe Guild of Nurses past and present as well as Brookes staff.

“It promises to be a really interesting display capturing the true history of nurse education, and I would encourage people of all ages to visit and experience this great story,” she said.

Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, added: “Oxford Brookes has a proud history in providing nursing education and this National Lottery grant will help tell this 125-year history.”

Meanwhile, on 18 October, mayors, council and religious leaders from across the county, as well as local school pupils and students, staff and alumni from Oxford Brookes will come together with local nurse leaders for the annual St Frideswide Civic Service at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford.

As well as celebrating the county’s patron saint St Frideswide – a Saxon princess and healer around whose church the city of Oxford developed – the service will also honour the city’s nursing history.

The Revd Canon Edmund Newey, sub-dean of Christ Church, said: “We are delighted to be sharing in the celebrations of 125 years of nursing education in the city.

“The service will focus on the nature and the scope of professional caring; a vocation that is becoming ever more important in today’s society,” he said.

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