The recording of my annual lecture for the Royal College of Nursing’s History of Nursing Forum is now available online.
This talk “Black Nurses, Ensavled Labour, and the Royal Navy, 1790-1820” discusses the employment of Black nurses in the West Indian naval hospitals of the Royal Navy in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. She considers how eighteenth-century understandings of tropical diseases contributed to Black labour in medical settings, how the Royal Navy navigated its relationship with enslavement, and the working conditions of these nurses.
Nursing historians usually examine the period after Florence Nightingale and focus on the establishment of a white middle-class professional identity, like Nightingale herself. But what about non-white nurses before Nightingale?
I was honoured to be chosen to give the 2019-2020 public lecture before the awarding of the Marie Hammond Callaghan Women’s History Prize, at the Owens Art Gallery, on 9 March 2020. My talk “British Naval Nursing in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars” highlighted research from my PhD dissertation and postdoctoral fellowship.
I’m happy to be back at Oxford for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Seminar on Monday May 13th! Come and hear “Women’s Labour and British Naval Hospitals and Hospital Ships 1775-1815” at 16:00 in the History Faculty Lecture Theatre on George Street. Coffee will be available from 15:30.
Thank you to Dr. Alexis Wolf for having me at the University of Birkbeck last Friday. A great symposium and wonderful opportunity to discuss the multitude of approaches to study women and medicine! A huge thank you as well to Nineteenth-Century Studies at Birkbeck for live-tweeting my presentation. Check it out in the Twitter moment below.
In the beautiful South Yorkshire at the University of Sheffield for the Digital Humanities Congress. Plus the first outing of my Medusa HGIS maps! Join me on Saturday in High Tor 3. Word cloud of my paper:
“Using data ontology to understand the relational dynamics of film audiences,” Peter Merrington, Matthew Hanchard, University of Glasgow
“Hospital Ships, HGIS, and the Interconnectivity of British Naval Medicine in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars,” Erin Spinney, University of Oxford
“‘A Lordship of the Feete [and] likewise of the Eye’: Using 3D-GIS to recreate ‘promenades’ and ‘prospects’ within English designed landscapes, c. 1550-1660,” Elizabeth Stewart, University of East Anglia
Excited to join my history of medicine and history of nursing colleagues at the SSHM 2018! My paper “Nursing Careers at Haslar and Plymouth Naval Hospitals, 1769-1800” counters historiographical preconceptions about pre-Nightingale nursing through a detailed analysis of the nursing workforce at Plymouth and Haslar Naval Hospitals, in conjunction with the nursing regulations for naval medical care. As the experiences of nurses at Plymouth Naval Hospital show, the physical stability of naval hospitals allowed for nurses to develop healing and care skills over a period of longstanding employment.
Super excited to present at the CHA this year with such wonderful people and to discuss the importance of subverting traditional historiographies! Word cloud of my paper accurately representing my use of pay list records to showcase the role of nurses in British naval hospitals.
Join us on Wednesday 30 May at 1:30!
Subverting Traditional Historiographies: Seeking Diversity in the Archives and Beyond | Contournerl’historiographie traditionnelle : à la recherche de la diversité dans les archives et ailleurs
Michelle Desveaux (University of Saskatchewan): “Firm Foundations: The National Archives as an Expression of Early 20th Century Canadian Historical Consciousness”
Katherine MacDonald (University of New Brunswick): “Organizing the Unorganisable?: International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union Decline and Membership Engagement in Montreal, 1970-1989”
Stephanie Pettigrew (University of New Brunswick): “Disrupting Colonial New France: Diversity in Seventeenth Century Colonial Populations”
Erin Spinney (University of Saskatchewan): “Forgotten Carers: How digital methodology illuminates female nursing in 18th century British Naval Hospitals”
Chair | Animatrice : Andrea Eidinger (University of British Columbia)
I’m going to be presenting twice at #Congressh2018 this year! My first meeting is with the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, where I will be discussing the medical care provided for nurses in eighteenth and early nineteenth century naval hospitals.
Join me bright and early on Monday, May 28th!
G1: Being Nurses 9:00-10:00 am
Chair: Frank Stanisch, University of Calgary LI 111
“Nursing the Nurses: Medical Care for Nurses in British Naval Hospitals 1790-1815/ Soigner les infirmières : soins médicaux pour les infirmières britanniques dans les hôpitaux de la marine 1790-1815” Erin Spinney, University of Saskatchewan*
“‘We have to remember there was a past’: A first glimpse of the Saskatchewan Nursing Oral History Collection 1950-2010/‘Souvenons-nous qu’il y a eu un passé’: Un premier aperçu de la Collection d’histoire orale des infirmières et des infirmiers de la Saskatchewan entre 1950 et 2010” Meghan Bend, Megan Hewson, Helen Vandenberg, University of Saskatchewan
This past weekend I attended and presented a poster at the American Association for the History of Medicine in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was great to be a part of the Association’s first poster session!