RCN & the NHS Project 2013 – 2015

The retired Caribbean Nurses & the NHS (RCN & the NHS)

Young African Caribbean women on board ship…It could well have being the SS Windrush or another named ship.

Retired Caribbean Nurses & the NHS is an exhibition and oral history project that chronicles the experiences of retired nurses. These are individuals who were recruited from the Caribbean to the UK from 1949 onwards.
They were trained as nurses in the United Kingdom between then and 1970. They lived, trained and/or worked in the East London Boroughs of Hackney and Newham.
This important Oral History Project will benefit our society by bringing diverse communities together to help create a store of resources about the experiences of Caribbean nurses for future historical and educational purposes.
The initiative was spearheaded by Black Women in the Arts – Black Women in the Arts invites you to participate in an exciting new Heritage Lottery funded project to collect the stories of retired Caribbean nurses from 1949 to the present. It will form an exhibition at Hackney Museum, a schools’ project and a collection to be archived at the London Metropolitan Archives. BWA Logo

Launch Photograph of RCN & NHS Project

Caption on photo: RCN & the NHS Project launched at partners venue on: 19 October 2014

RCN & the NHS Partners

The project was successfully delivered by Black Women in the Arts, with the support of its project partners:








Queen Mary University
London (logo)

Coupled with the sterling efforts of the Project Officer: Glenor Roberts, and Project
Manager: Beverley Davis of Black Women in the Arts.

The Retired Caribbean Nurses

Details on the general leaflet with an invitation to nurses read:

Invitation to retired Caribbean Nurses to join the RCN & NHS Project

Retired Caribbean Nurses & the NHS Laying Foundations for Generations

‘Are you a retired nurse from the Caribbean, and would like to participate? We would love to hear from you.
We want to: listen to you, record your experiences of leaving home, travelling to the UK, settling here and of being a nurse.
If you choose to only take part in interviews, we will interview you at least once for 2 hours (at an agreed venue). If you want to do more there will be opportunities to meet with other nurses from around the country participate in the Schools Project, giving you the chance to work with a range of people.
Sounds as if it is something you want to be a part of? Help us preserve this part of the African-Caribbean experience

Call: 020 8520 9401
Email: info@retiredcaribbeannurses.org.uk
Write: Black Women in the Arts, 62, Beechwood Road, London E.8 3DY.

If you have any pertinent questions about your rights as a research participant please contact the Project Officer, Glenor Roberts

Note to Readers: This funded project has ended, and we are no longer inviting nurses’ participation on this project. However, there are other opportunities to get involved in the newly established Retired Caribbean Nurses Association. Click here to contact us

Nurses Image (image of group of nurses at meeting)

Schools Participation – Video of School involvement and Queen Mary University
involvement. – To be placed in article

Photographs of nurses taking part in Schools Participation BH Month event at Hackney Museum in 2015

Focus Group – Pictures & Video to tell the story – Video of Focus Group – video entitled
Fondest Memories (July 2014) – On Home Page