Public Lecture Series Public Lecture Series

The series of Public Lectures held at the Edith Cavell Building, UEA proved to be a huge success with UEA colleagues and members of the public attending all three lectures. 

These lectures will be available to view via these pages shortly.

29 September 6pm:  Edith Cavell – Her life, her legacy

Christina Edwards CBE – Trustee, Cavell Nurses Trust

Christina has a wide experience in the NHS and Department of Health. Qualifying as an acute nurse she then worked for many years as an acute nurse and then as a health visitor. She moved into management in 1980 and worked in various areas of the NHS in senior management roles.

For the past five years, Christina has worked with organisations to help, support and drive through improvement, leading multi-disciplinary teams to assist very diverse trusts and PCTs and was awarded her CBE for services to the NHS.

Christina Edwards Lecture

Watch Christina's lecture here

6 October 6pm: Edith Cavell and Propaganda

Dr Richard Maguire – UEA Honorary Senior Lecturer in Public History

Richard is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Public History at The Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. He was formerly an officer in the Royal Air Force and received his MA and PhD in Modern History from UEA. His research focuses on a wide range of military history – currently he is looking at the cultural underpinnings of nuclear weapons programmes. He also writes about the history of Africans in Norfolk.

Watch Richard's lecture here.

8 October 6pm: The Real Edith – A Biographer’s Task

Diana Souhami – Award winning author

Diana is an award winning writer of biographies, short stories and plays. She was born in London in 1940 and before becoming a full time biographer worked in the BBC publications dept.

Diana’s lecture was followed by the unveiling of a unique Edith Cavell Bas Relief which had been commissioned by the school and created by sculptor Robert Hunt.  Robert has completed over 50 commissions in the last 20 years including a number of commissions for the Royal Mint and received the Olin-Stones Award in 2004 for best relief sculpture at the Society of Portrait Sculptors annual exhibition.

Watch Diana's lecture here.

Author Diana Souhami and Sculptor Robert Hunt with the Bas Relief