"Petticoat Government" - the story of the York Home for Nurses

Rosemary Cook

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1st July 2020
Charity | Nursing | Local History | York

The York Home for Nurses was an unusual Victorian institution - it ran both a private 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.

Copies of my book "Petticoat Government" are available at a discount at talks.

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About Rosemary Cook

I am a nurse by background and have considerable experience researching medical and nursing history: I have a PGDip in Applied Social Research, I have been a member of the committee of the Royal College of Nursing's History of Nursing Society, and a recipient of a Monica Baly research bursary.

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 the book behind Channel 5's 'Agatha and the Truth of Murder'); 'Petticoat Government', the story of the York Home for Nurses; and 'The Crimes of Dr Gramshaw' due out in 2020.

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, or further afield, to speak. I also can also provide all my talks online. For more see www.rosemarycookauthor.co.uk

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