Exhibition charts retired Caribbean nurses and the NHS

queenelizabethhospitalhackney1970s.jpgPhotography credit BWA/RCN Collection

Hackney Museum is proud to host Retired Caribbean Nurses and the NHS, an exhibition documenting the experiences of retired Caribbean nurses.

Occupying an important position in the development of the NHS in the UK, this oral history project and resulting exhibition adds to a growing body of work that challenges missing, though important elements in British history.

The free exhibition runs from 10 September 2014 to 31 January 2015. The exhibition presents new and recent documented oral histories film and photography. At the core of the exhibition will be ‘The Journey’ wall which traces the transitional journey made by these individuals who were recruited from the Caribbean from 1949 onwards.

The Retired Caribbean Nurses & the NHS exhibition provides an opportunity to learn more about the people who contributed to healthcare in the east end of London, the depth of sacrifice they felt, their commitment to settle and to contribute to a wider society.

The exhibition has been put together by Black Women in the Arts. The Council-run Hackney Museum and London Metropolitan Archives are key partners. This project has been made possible with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The exhibition is part of Hackney Council’s Black History Month programme.

Hackney Museum opening hours:   

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Thurs: 9.30am – 8pm

Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sunday, Monday, public holidays: closed