This is a new online directory that represents collections from organisations participating in our network, Scotland’s Sounds. We hope this will help people to explore what sound collections exist and how to access them, as well as show the diversity and value of these rich collections to researchers, sound enthusiasts and the general public.
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Scotlands Sounds - Collections
RCN oral history collection
Research project original archives include: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in British Nursing Practice; Channel Islands Occupation WW2; Glasgow Royal Infirmary School of Nursing 1938-45; Health and Health Inequalities and the Queen's Nursing Institute for Scotland; District Nursing on the Isle of Lewis ; Perceptions of change: an oral history of District Nursing in Scotland, 1940-1999; Contact, Contagion and Communication: The Role of the Nurse in Relation to Tuberculosis (TB) 1930-1970; Yorkhill Nurses League Oral History Project; Learning Disability Nursing (UK and Ireland); Comparative Study of Nurses' Training in the 1930's & 40's & 2008.
Access copies of the research projects: The History of Nursing in an English Urban Region from 1919; Mental Health Nursing Oral History Project
A collection of oral history interviews with nurses, nursing leaders, Department of Health, National Health Service and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) members and staff from across the United Kingdom and some from overseas. All of the individuals have some vital connection to nursing and relate information about themselves and their careers and experiences in nursing and relevant social history. Interviews include comments about nursing as a profession politically or historically and some refer to important developments, changes or events in nursing and society.
There are over 700 recorded interviews in this growing collection. In addition, several external project deposits take the total available for research to over 900. The date given in each catalogue record is the range of dates discussed during the interview and may represent either the individual's birth date or the start of their career, not the date of recording. Most of the interviews were originally recorded on cassette from the mid-80s onwards, some on minidisk and more recently digitally as mp3 or wav files. Where possible the RCN Archives has converted these to wav files, with mp3 copies and created transcriptions.
Number of items: 750
Formats: Digital sound files; Minidsics; Cassettes; Open Reels
Contents: Oral History ; many social history topics, military and political history (focus on WW2 and modern defence nursing), education (general and nursing), pay and working conditions, healthcare organisations (e.g. NHS), hospitals healthcare roles (hospital and community), healthcare treatments and programmes, trade union activism, travel and working abroad, immigration, nursing specialisms, women and leadership/career development, diversity in nursing.
Established in 1916, the RCN is a UK membership organisation of more than 450,000 registered nurses, midwives, nursing support workers and nursing students in 2020. We are both a professional body, carrying out work on nursing standards, education and practice, and a trade union.
Our members work in a range of health care specialties and settings in the NHS and independent sectors. We also have members based overseas, and members who are retired. Around 35,000 nursing students are members.
We are governed by an elected Council of 17 members which delegates the running and management of the organisation to our Chief Executive & General Secretary. Our President is a member of RCN Council.
We are a Royal Charter body registered with the Privy Council since 1929 and, because trade unionism is not our sole activity, we are on a special register of trade unions which means our rules differ slightly to other trade unions.
We have one of the largest specialist nursing libraries in Europe and the only solely nursing archive. The archive contains corporate and personal papers collections, including records from past nursing organisations. The archive also houses a substantial oral history collection and collections of nursing images, badges, medals and other personal items.
Access to Collections: On-site
Contact Details: Royal College of Nursing Library and Archive Service, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN
0345 337 3368
Collection access information: https://www.rcn.org.uk/library/books-journals-and-databases/special-collections/oral-history-collection
Collection catalogue: https://archives.rcn.org.uk