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 pages which follow give a flavour of what took place.

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NEW: Please click here for a detailed schedule of all the events taking place in Norwich and the surrounding area. (Revised 17/9/2015)

Kings Lynn:  Stonemason Wayne Hart is preparing the new grave and memorial for Edith Cavell at Norwich Cathedral, which will be in place by the end of 2015. He’s working at King’s Lynn Arts Centre, 29 King Street, King´s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1HA. See BBC news story.

From July 17th:  Castle Museum rotunda display case with Edith Cavell memorabilia, some of which has not been seen for over 50 years. Visit: http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Norwich_Castle/index.htm

Flyers and weblinks for events which are part of the commemoration.

NOW OPEN: Cavell Pilgrimage trails between  Norwich Cathedral and Swardeston – for cyclists and for walkers. Maps are available at the Cathedral and St Mary’s Swardeston and in the Tourist Centre at the Forum. See also the Cathedral website:  http://www.cathedral.org.uk/

Guided walks around Swardeston as Edith Cavell knew it – every Tuesday and on request – see brochure.

Tickets are now on sale for the Remember Edith Cavell performances in Norwich Cathedral on October 10th at 3pm and 7.30pm. These can be bought (at £13, £9 or £6 (concessions for under 16s) through Prelude Records (www.preluderecords.co.uk or phone 01603 628319) or through the Cathedral Gift Shop (01603 218328)

September 17th 10-4pm: Open Day at the new Care UK Cavell Court Care Home, 140 Dragonfly Court, Cringleford NR4 7SW. Includes Cavell Nurses Trust exhibition about Edith Cavell and a DVD of her life. (www.careuk.com/cavell-court)

NEW: Wymondham. October 3rd. A small community group (members from British Legion – Men’s and Women’s sections, the Heritage Society, the Abbey, the Methodist Church) have organised an afternoon event with Georgette Vale. (See poster here)

NEW: November 1 St Andrew’s Eaton 3pm. Concerts by the Aristos Wind Quintet with Hugh Lupton, story teller. Including Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf and Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel. The concerts also feature a brief telling of Edith Cavell’s story with music associated with her.


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NEW: St Martin’s in the Fields by Trafalgar Square: October 12th. Centenary wreath laying at Edith Cavell’s statue (opposite National Portrait Gallery) 10.30 am. Follow the link to the exhibition and events in their programme: http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/visiting/art-and-exhibitions/

Royal London Hospital archive 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/

Guided walks relating to the East End and Edith Cavell. See http://www.guidedwalksinlondon.co.uk/

NEW: Monday 12th October at 2.30 pm. A special walk meeting at Whitechapel Tube Station. A £5 donation to the Cavell Trust is requested – via https://www.justgiving.com/Tina-Hodgkinson/

October (dates round 12 October)  Unison HQ 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY. 0800 0 857 857: Cavell Nurses’ Trust Exhibition on Edith Cavell.

St Martin’s in the Fields: October 7-18: In the crypt, a special exhibition Brussels at Dawn by UNITY ARTS – (See 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.

NEW: Studio 1.1, 57a Redchurch St London E2 7DJ. (tubes: Shoreditch High St/Liverpool St/Old St, bus: 8, 26, 35, 47, 48, 149, 344, 388, email: studio1-1.gallery@virgin.net, tel: 07952 986696) ‘BRUSSELS OCTOBER 12, 1915′ An exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the execution of Edith Cavell. 2 – 25 October. This exhibition brings together four artists, from the nations involved in the fighting around Brussels.

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


Sacred Trinity Church, Salford (map:  http://www.salfordchurch.org/sacred_trinity#Map)  where Edith Cavell worshipped in her time in Manchester 1906-7.

October 12: Royal College of Nursing History section event: Prof Ian Kershaw and Prof Claire Chatterton. Art work on display by pupils at St Philip’s school. Details from davewinston@btopenworld.com.

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In the Cathedral:

Friday 9 October: Lecture by Diana Souhami, Edith’s biographer

Monday 12 October: Quiet Reflection Day to commemorate the Centenary

Saturday 17 October: Edith Cavell Centenary Concert

Sunday 18 October: Choral Evensong for St Luke’s Day

Saturday 24 October: A talk by Lucy Adlington, Great War Fashion, on the theme of Women and the Great War

Peterborough Museum

October: Specially themed events on medical aspects related to Edith Cavell, using their 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.

NEW: Full details can be found in this extensive listing of events in Peterborough, or from liz.hurst@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk.

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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. The village will remember him on October 12th. The Village Primary School and local scout group are involved as is the Local History Society. Contact : patrickandfrances@btinternet.com.

Cheshunt Community Hospital, Hertfordshire

Unveiling of a plaque at 10am on Monday 12th October commemorating Edith Cavell’s time in Cheshunt’s community hospital in 1901 as a temporary matron.


A party of  70 are  in the Canadian Rockies in the last week in August around Mount Edith Cavell. Some of the party will climb the mountain (11,000 feet). The expedition has been organised to raise funds for the Cavell Nurses Trust (link – https://www.cavellnursestrust.org/campaign/mount-cavell-challenge).

Cavell Nurses’ Trust fund raising events

The Trust has a wide variety of fundraising initiatives this year – for more details see https://www.cavellnursestrust.org/fundraising-events. See also: https://www.cavellnursestrust.org/campaign/edith-cavell-centenary-appeal/find-events.

Secondary Schools Resources

Cavell Nurses Trust has recently completed 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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