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Nursing history

Newly qualified nurses in 1949Nursing has a long and fascinating history. Our resources can help you find out more about the evolution of the profession.

The RCN archive is home to a wide range of nursing related objects including badges, pamphlets, nursing equipment, uniforms, books, journals and photographs. Search the archive.

Our Nursing History Room at RCN HQ is also open to members and the public who want to learn more. As part of the Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre, staff are on hand to support you in your research.

RCN members can also join the History of Nursing Society.