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Beyond Nightingale – examining the contributions of three local women to nursing in the Crimean War

4th July @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


2024 sees the 170th anniversary of British and Irish nurses arriving in the Crimea to nurse the wounded. As the Crimea is once again beset by war and conflict, it is timely to explore the impact of this earlier conflict on the development of nursing practice and to mark its place in nursing history.

This talk by Claire Chatterton will examine the contribution of three British women to that conflict, two of whom went out to nurse in the Crimea and one who worked from home to support nursing efforts. Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole are well known but the contributions and even the names of many other women who nursed in that conflict are not.

The two nurses with local connections who went to the Crimea are Mary Stanley from Alderley and Betsi Cadwaladr from Bala. Just as many conflicting stories and myths surround Nightingale and Seacole, so do they in relation to Stanley and her relationship with Nightingale and Cadwaladr’s contribution to nursing practice. In addition, the contribution of women who supported those nurses in the Crimea by fundraising and using their organisational and networking skills from the UK will be explored through the example of Catherine Gladstone of Hawarden.



4th July
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Chester Town Hall
Northgate Street
Chester, CH1 2HJ
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