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Issue 475, 21 January 2002

Lecture celebrates nursing pioneer Mary Seacole

The story of Mary Seacole, a black woman famous in the mid-nineteenth century for her ground-breaking nursing work during the Crimean war, is the subject of a forthcoming lecture at the University by Professor Elizabeth Anionwu.

A selective history and the promotion of her counterpart Florence Nightingale has denied Mary Seacole proper recognition, but her autobiography provides a rich insight into her nursing work in South America, the Caribbean and the war-torn Crimea and highlights Victorian attitudes to race.

Professor Anionwu established the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice at Thames Valley University, which aims to integrate a multi-ethnic philosophy into nurse recruitment, education, practice, management and research. Her research focuses on the multi-ethnic issues in nursing and the politics of sickle cell and thalassaemia.

The lecture takes place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 29 January in the Littlewood Hall at Leeds General Infirmary. For more details, see events or contact Bill Mathie on ext 34363, email

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