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The Life & Times of Edith Cavell, Northiam
February 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
|“The Life and Times of Edith Cavell” explores the story of a Norfolk vicar’s daughter who became a national heroine. Edith was born in the Victorian era, a time when a genteel woman’s life choices were limited; marry or remain a spinster, dedicated to good causes. She was inspired to take up nursing and ultimately became Matron in a Belgian hospital just as WW1 began.|
Her untimely death by firing squad in 1915 caused worldwide condemnation.
At that time, nursing was emerging as a statement of commitment and compassion to all who needed care, regardless of politics or position in life. The outraged British press launched a national appeal in Edith’s name (the first expression of crowdfunding?) to provide health care for the nurses themselves, many of whom were overwhelmed mentally and physically by the workload they experienced.
After the war, her body was returned to Britain, (carried for part of the journey in Van 132, now restored and exhibited at Bodiam Station) and reburied in Norwich Cathedral.
However, there is speculation about Edith’s involvement with the darker side of working in an occupied country. Is there any truth in the accusation of treason levied by the Central Powers in Occupied Europe?
Melanie Gibson-Barton is an acclaimed and accomplished speaker on Belgian-based topics. She visits the country regularly, seeing and researching the places that Edith Cavell lived and worked in. Her talk uses that knowledge and insight to appraise Edith Cavell, the woman who described herself as “a nurse who tried to do her duty”.
Guests are very welcome (£3 entrance fee) or why not try our mini-membership offer? Visit www.ndhls.co.uk for further details.