Ms. McEnroe will discuss the role of “personality museums” in the sphere of medical history. Such museums can play a dual purpose, in this instance raising awareness of the medical past, but also acting as a point of coalescence for professional groups. These groups often share a strong emotional attachment to a historical figure, and nowhere can this be seen more strongly than with Florence Nightingale and nursing. Managing these relationships poses a challenge; how does a museum maintain a balanced, objective historical perspective while also navigating the cult of celebrity?
The Nightingale Museum site: http://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk/
Listen to Natasha McEnroe discuss Nightingale, her life and her legacy, on the Sick City Project site: http://sickcityproject.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/sick-city-talks-5-natasha-mcenroe/
Please RSVP by Monday, April 1st to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 216-368-3648.
The lecture will be at 6:00pm in the Ford Auditorium at the Allen Memorial Medical Library, 11000 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
Reception to follow in the Dittrick Museum Galleries