In this section:
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.
The Wellcome Library hosted a reception on 22 May 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. Mr Rathbone noted, ‘It is interesting to see how the importance and relevance of skilled nursing in the home has not changed over the years. The simple message is that ‘it is skills that make the difference’ and that is the message that the QNI continues to proclaim today, through its campaigns and publications.’
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.
Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, QNI Fellow and Dean of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at Kings College, London, spoke about the importance that history plays in the practice of nursing and in helping us to understand its compassion.
Chair of the QNI Rosalynde Lowe CBE thanked all those who had made the event possible and paid tribute to the other speakers.
The QNI has issued a publication, ‘QNI 125’, to celebrate its anniversary and raise funds for its work. The booklet traces the history of the Institute and of Queen’s Nurses, through rarely-seen stories and pictures from its archives. The book is available from the QNI website at www.qni.org.uk/shop