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This year, why not enjoy a day out at a National Gardens Scheme garden - you'll be helping fund the QNI too!
Providing vital funding for projects that help improve patient care.
Visit our nursing heritage website, a celebration of District Nursing around the world since 1859.
In 2012 we celebrated 125 years since the foundation of the charity in 1887.
A programme of special events was planned to commemorate this historic milestone including the Wellcome Library event and the City of London Choir Concert (see below).
The Wellcome Library hosted a reception to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the QNI. Guests at the event included nurse historians, researchers and academics, representatives of the RCN History of Nursing Society, the UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery, and the newly-formed British Association for the History of Nursing.
The Library mounted a special joint exhibition of rarely-seen historical materials in the Reading Room. Items from the Institute’s history, including badges, documents, and artwork, stored at the Wellcome and from the QNI, were on display. Archive film of district nursing from the 1930s to the 1960s was also shown.
As well as viewing the exhibits, guests heard from William Rathbone OBE, a Trustee of the QNI for more than 35 years, and great- great-grandson of the William Rathbone who founded district nursing in Liverpool in 1859.
Dr Richard Aspin, Head of Research and Scholarship at the Wellcome Institute, emphasized the importance of the QNI collection – which runs to some 100 boxes of material – in helping researchers make an intimate connection with the past. He noted that despite its size, the QNI collection is fully catalogued.
Rosemary Cook CBE paid tribute to the work of QNI staff in helping bring the nursing archive to life, and also thanked the Wellcome Library for their stewardship of the QNI collection which she affirmed has been of great use to her and to other nurse history researchers in recent years.
On 26 November 2012 the City of London Choir performed a programme of British music at The Barbican Hall in London.
The Choir, which was accompanied by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, very kindly agreed that the QNI would be their charity beneficiary for this concert.
With sales of tickets and a bucket collection on the night, we raised over £5000.
Thank you very much to the City of London Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as all our wonderful supporters. With your help, we can continue to improve nursing at home.
The QNI would like to thank Rathbone Brothers plc for their support.