2015 Centenary Events

The centenary of Edith Cavell’s death in October 1915  was marked with a large array of events in Norfolk, London and Brussels. The material below gives a flavour of what took place.

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Norwich Cathedral:  A new drama and music presentation Remember Edith Cavell was staged along with other events. See flyer here.  Stonemason Wayne Hart’s new memorial for Edith Cavell was unveiled outside the east end of the Cathedral. See BBC news story.

The Millennium Forum in the centre of the City presented a wide range of events – see http://www.theforumnorwich.co.uk/whatson/2015-10-05/Edith Cavell Centenary/Edith Cavell A Nurse and Her Legacy

The Castle Museum held a special exhibition: http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Norwich_Castle/index.htm

The 2015 Cavell Festival was held in Edith’s home village of Swardeston See flyer here.

UEA’s School of Nursing held a lecture series on Edith Cavell. See flyer here.

Trails linked to Edith’s life and places associated with her were set up between Swardeston and Norwich Cathedral for cyclists and for walkers: http://www.cathedral.org.uk/userfiles/Edith Cavell Pilgrimage Leaflet 2015.pdf OR http://www.norwichaccessgroup.org.uk/EC-LeafletDesign-V3s1b.pdf


Royal London Hospital archive exhibition including material on Edith Cavell and nursing at the RLH in the Victorian era  See www.medicalmuseums.org/royal-london-hospital-museum-and-archives/

Florence Nightingale Museum  2 Lambeth Palace Road London SE1 7EW 020 7620 0374. See Jack, Edith Cavell’s dog, and other related memorabilia. http://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk/

Cavell Nurses’ Trust Exhibition on Edith Cavell. Unison HQ 130 Euston Road

St Martin’s in the Fields: October 7-18: In the crypt, a special exhibition Brussels at Dawn by Unity Arts – ( flyer here).

October 12 7.30 pm  London premiere of Patrick Hawes’ new oratorio on Edith Cavell ‘Eventide’  St Clement Dane’s church. Click here to view the poster.


For listing of all events in Belgium see  www.edith-cavell-belgium.eu/events.html


Sacred Trinity Church, Salford where Edith Cavell worshipped in her time in Manchester 1906-7  hosted a Royal College of Nursing History section event on Edith Cavell.


In the Cathedral:

Lecture by Diana Souhami, Edith’s biographer, Quiet Reflection Day to commemorate the Centenary, Centenary Concert.

Peterborough Museum

Specially themed events on medical aspects related to Edith Cavell, using the early 20th Century Operating Theatre. Laurel Court, the building within the Cathedral Precincts at which Edith was a pupil teacher; guided tours by Stuart Orme from Peterborough Museum.

Thrussington, Leicestershire

Revd Stirling Gahan who was Edith’s Anglican minister in 1914-15 in Brussels subsequently became Vicar of Thrussington and is buried there. A memorial service was held for the Gahans and  Edith Cavell with activities involving  the Village Primary School, scout group and Local History Society.

Cheshunt Community Hospital, Hertfordshire

Unveiling of a plaque commemorating Edith Cavell’s time in Cheshunt’s community hospital in 1901 as a temporary matron.


A party of 70 walked and climbed  in the Canadian Rockies around Mount Edith Cavell. Some of the party climbed the mountain (11,000 feet).

Cavell Nurses’ Trust fund-raising events

The Trust mounted a wide variety of fundraising initiatives https://www.cavellnursestrust.org/fundraising-events..

Cavell Nurses Trust’s Secondary Schools Resources

Cavell Nurses Trust created a resource pack and comprehensive teachers guide with 10 outline lesson plans for secondary schools history and RE (Key Stage 3 – but of value to other groups too). See CNT website: https://www.cavellnursestrust.org/campaign/edith-cavell-centenary-appeal/activities-for-schools

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