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Celebrating 150 years of nurse training in Liverpool with stories of nurses past and present

16 May 2012

Nurses from across Liverpool and beyond are being invited to share their stories with the launch of a unique project to celebrate 150 years of training in the city.

Liverpool Nursing150 has been set up to mark the anniversary of the opening of the first training school for nurses outside of London - commissioned on 1 July 1862 The Liverpool Training School and Home for Nurses was the result of a pioneering collaboration between Florence Nightingale and William Rathbone.

Diane Wake, chief operating officer and executive nurse at the Liverpool Royal Infrimary, said: “This is a wonderful way to mark the achievements of all our nurses. From the early pioneers of the Victorian era to the dedicated professionals we see today, this is a unique opportunity to bring past and present together in a celebration of all that is wonderful about nursing.

“I would encourage anyone who has an involvement in nursing to come forward and share their memories of training, working and living in Liverpool. Whether it is today’s professionals, retired nurses or relatives of pioneers who are no longer with us we would really like to hear your stories.”

Researchers based at the University of Liverpool are collecting people’s stories for the project and wish to hear from anyone who trained, worked as a nurse tutor or who was a district nurse in Liverpool at any time. They would also like to hear from anyone who has any pictures or memorabilia related to nursing over the past 150 years.

Oldest Liverpool-trained nurses

They are especially keen to identify the oldest male and female Liverpool-trained nurses and families with a long tradition of nursing.

If you are a Liverpool-trained nurse, or you know someone who is you can share your story and find out more about on the Liverpool Nursing150 website or email them to


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