RCN’s Project Bringing WWI Nursing Stories to Digital Life
The RCN is introducing an innovative online resource revealing long-lost stories of nine nurses from the First World War.
With the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the online exhibition is set to showcase digitalised personal scrapbooks and diaries, connecting the tales of WW1 nurses to the accounts of those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. The project will be completely organic, using the nurses’ own words, photographs and sketches, providing real and true stories of both past and present defence nurses.
Sarah Chaney, RCN Audience Engagement Manager said: “This unique project will breathe new life into long-archived artefacts. These diaries and scrapbooks reveal so much about the nurses who created them and it will be fascinating to uncover what life was like for those caring for others during the First World War”.
Helping to shine a light on the unsung heroes of the nursing profession will be Molly Case, who is to feature as writer in residence at the RCN’s first ever defence nursing exhibition, due to take place alongside the online project from April to September 2017; registered nurse, published poet and performer, Molly will be hosting creative writing workshops to nursing staff, as well as the general public. Molly will also be creating new material, drawing inspiration from the nursing stories published on RCN’s online resource.
Sarah Chaney has said that the RCN is excited to welcome Molly Case as their first ever writer in residence as: “This is about more than history, it is about storytelling…”, continuing that, “As a nurse and poet she can draw together the intricacies of nursing with the magic of words to inspire a whole new generation of nursing stories.”