In Search of Mary Seacole

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Discover Mary Seacole with Helen Rappaport and Wanda Wyporska

This event takes place in the British Library and will be simultaneously live streamed on the British Library platform. Tickets may be booked either to attend in person, or to watch on our platform (online) either live or within 48 hours on catch up. Viewing links will be sent out shortly before the event.

The online version of this event will be live captioned.

Mary Seacole came to England in the 1850s and volunteered to help out during the Crimean War, but her services were turned down. Instead, she financed her own expedition and earned a reputation as a nurse. 

Popularly known as ‘Mother Seacole’, she became the most famous Black celebrity of her generation – an extraordinary achievement in Victorian Britain. 

For nearly 20 years, critically acclaimed historian Dr Helen Rappaport has been piecing together the life of Mary Seacole, culminating in a forthcoming biography In Search of Mary Seacole

In this talk, she shares the remarkable story with historian Dr Wanda Wyporska. From the truth about Seacole's personal life to her 'rivalry' with Florence Nightingale, along with much more. 

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Name: In Search of Mary Seacole
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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