The York Home for Nurses is an unusual Victorian institution - it ran both a commercial nursing service and provided free care for the poor in the city. Managed by 'a distinguished committee of gentlemen' - including most of the great names of Victorian and Edwardian York - it was administered by the Sisters of the Community of the Holy Cross and closely linked to the Minster. The Home's nurses were involved in local epidemics, floods, and even a national scandal involving a local doctor.
This talk traces the history of Home from 1870 until the 1980s, when it was known as the Purey Cust Nursing Home, and familiar to many older York residents.
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I am a nurse by background and have considerable experience researching medical and nursing history: I have been a member of the committee of the Royal College of Nursing's History of Nursing Society. My research into some interesting historical characters from these fields has resulted in my first non-textbook publication 'The Nightingale Shore Murder' (the first and only book telling the true story of this unsolved crime from 1920), and my forthcoming book 'The Crimes of Dr Gramshaw'.
I was an experienced conference speaker during my professional life, and I now enjoy sharing these historical stories with groups as a hobby. I live in York and am happy to travel around Yorkshire and Humberside to speak.
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