Florence Nightingale: the lady with the plan.
Rebel, campaigner, writer, mathematician and original cat-lady, there is a lot more to Florence than her lamp! Starting with her early years amongst high society, finding peace in her studies and her pets, this talk follows Miss Nightingale through her first controversial forays into nursing, to the challenges of the Crimean War, to the opening of her nursing school and tireless campaigning for hospital sanitation.
Inviting questions and answers on a wide range of topics, including healthy eating, numeracy, Victorian life, gender, war and healthcare, this session is the perfect accompaniment to so many projects.
Students will also have the opportunity to handle replica objects from the Crimean War and 1800s hospitals. An after-session resource pack will be provided.
WLA Land Girl: at your service.
Based on real women's stories from the Second World War, Violet is a keen member of the Women's Land Army.
Speaking to us from after the war, having left her home and family to work on the land, Violet's is the perfect voice to explain the war from the people's point of view.
Covering life as a Land Girl, the causes of the conflict, rationing, propaganda, The Blitz, evacuation, plus the changes in society brought about by the war, the session invites questions and answers about all aspects of civilian life during wartime.
Students will also have the opportunity to handle replica war-era objects. An after-session resource pack will be provided.
WWI VAD Nurse: in Flanders fields too.
Having taken the leap from privileged Edwardian life to the horrors of wartime nursing, VAD Nora is perfectly placed to explain the advances and the disasters of the Great War.
Nora takes us on her journey from cosseted debutante to competent nurse, covering the causes of the conflict, propaganda, the suffragettes, hospital conditions, medical facilities on the front line, the day-to-day lives of nurses and soldiers, plus the many home front changes that awaited returning servicemen and women.
Students will also have the opportunity to handle both replica and original war-era objects. An after-session resource pack will be provided.
Don't worry, the kids don't get all the fun! Here's a talk for adults:
Katherine Parr: the queen who lived.
The last of Henry VIII’s wives, and the only one to escape with her marriage (and her head!) intact, Katherine is uniquely placed to be able to talk about the whole of the Tudor period.
She has personal insight into some of the most fascinating characters and moments of the era: her family fought in the Wars of the Roses; her mother was lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon; her husband was Jane Seymour’s brother; her guardian was Anne Boleyn’s chamberlain, and Katherine herself was the closest thing to a mother that Edward VI and Elizabeth I ever knew.
Filled with tales of courtly life and royal wrangling, this talk uncovers some shocking facts about the terrifying Tudor dynasty. There will be a post-talk Q&A with the performer, Nikky Pye.