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RCN goes back to the beginning for Open House

Characters from the RCN's past welcome more than 300 visitors to its historic London headquarters as part of Open House weekend
RCN Open House

Characters from the RCNs past were brought to life as the college opened the doors of its historic headquarters for the Open House London event.

A team of RCN staff welcomed 330 visitors to 20 Cavendish Square in central London last weekend for tours of the historic building.

Actors dressed as RCN benefactor Lady Cowdray and founder Dame Sarah Swift welcomed groups to the colleges home, which dates back to the 1720s and was once the home of prime minister Herbert Henry Asquith.

Vistors also took afternoon tea in the council room.

Centenary celebration

RCN events and exhibitions co-ordinator Frances Reed said: The day was an opportunity to celebrate nursing and the history of the RCN in its 100th year.

It was a memorable introduction to the RCN for many members of the public, who came to hear more about the organisation

Characters from the RCN’s past were brought to life as the college opened the doors of its historic headquarters for the Open House London event.

A team of RCN staff welcomed 330 visitors to 20 Cavendish Square in central London last weekend for tours of the historic building.

Actors dressed as RCN benefactor Lady Cowdray and founder Dame Sarah Swift welcomed groups to the college’s home, which dates back to the 1720s and was once the home of prime minister Herbert Henry Asquith.

Vistors also took afternoon tea in the council room.

Centenary celebration

RCN events and exhibitions co-ordinator Frances Reed said: ‘The day was an opportunity to celebrate nursing and the history of the RCN in its 100th year.

‘It was a memorable introduction to the RCN for many members of the public, who came to hear more about the organisation and its setting. Both staff and members volunteered their time as stewards and tour guides, sharing their knowledge of the RCN past and present.’

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