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Talk Exploring Ageing in History: Exhibition Launch

Exploring Ageing in History: Exhibition Launch

Royal College of Nursing

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Genre: Talk with live subtitling


Join us for an evening of talks and activities to launch of our new exhibition on the healthcare of older people throughout history. Experiment with the Royal College of Pathologists for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and try a virtual walk through dementia. Talks include Pat Thane on getting old in English history, Dawne Garrett on older people’s care today and Nola Ishmael’s personal reflections on ageing.

Doors open at 5.30pm with exhibition viewing and activities.

Talks from 6 - 7.30pm

Closes 8.30pm

Pat Thane, Research Professor in Contemporary British History, will explore the myth that ageing is a modern issue. She will explain how the changing social and family networks surrounding older people have affected the ways in which we grow old, while recognising that throughout history, there have been criticisms of institutional and community care.

Nola Ishmael OBE was London's first black director of nursing. She will be sharing her experiences of growing older and reflect on the knowledge and wisdom she has gained throughout her memorable nursing journey.

Dawne Garrett is the professional lead for older people and dementia care at the Royal College of Nursing. Her current research explores older peoples' experiences of sexual intimacy.

Programme of Activities

What does your poo say about you?

Find out how pathologists look for early signs of disease on the inside by testing what comes out! You’ll get the chance to test fake poo using the ‘poo-in-the-post’ test cards and discover how they help detect early signs of bowel cancer in the over 60s. Find out about the new more accurate poo-in-the-post test being phased in at the moment, with a hands-on activity featuring magnetic sheets and poo emojis!


The venue is fully wheelchair accessible. There is a hearing loop in the lecture room and this event will be live subtitled by Stagetext working with MyClearText. We can offer large print copies of presentations if requested at least a week before the event. Assistance dogs are welcome.


Event details

Thu 11 Apr 2019, 6:00pm

Live subtitling by Stagetext

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Venue details

Royal College of Nursing
Cavendish Square
The Arts Council
The Arts Council
The Arts Council