In October 1916, the Craiglockhart Hydropathic Hospital was requisitioned as a war hospital for the British army. The hospital treated officers suffering from psychological trauma: most famously poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Catherine Walker, curator of the War Poets Collection (Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus) will give a history of the hospital for the centenary of its founding. Following on from this, Dr Alison O’Donnell (RCN History of Nursing Society) will explore the key role which the nursing staff of Craiglockhart undertook whilst caring for their patients, with Dr Claire Chatterton offering an insight into the impact that the effects of the First World War had on the men who served.
Image courtesy of Edinburgh Napier University.