Date: 18.00 – 19.15, Friday 9th November 2018
Location: Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22−26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ
Nursing Stories from the First World War: A Conversation with Dr Diane Atkinson
The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Young Academy of Scotland warmly invite you to Nursing stories from the First World War: A conversation with Dr Diane Atkinson.
Author Dr Diane Atkinson will share excerpts from and answer questions about her book ‘Elsie and Mairi Go To War: Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front.’ Dr Alison O’Donnell, nursing historian and member of the Royal College of Nursing History of Nursing Society, will chair the conversation. The event will be accompanied by a small public exhibit to commemorate the centenary of the end of the war (open 5th – 16th November 2018).
‘Elsie and Mairi Go To War’ charts the journey of a young Scottish woman, Mairi Chisholm, and her English friend, Elsie Knocker, who volunteered to work as nurses on the front lines of the war in Belgium. Known as the ‘Madonnas of Pervyse’ they treated thousands of wounded soldiers over four years and were awarded numerous medals for bravery. A statue commemorating the courage and commitment of these two British nurses now stands in Ypres, Belgium.
Open to all and free to attend − registration required.