Edith Cavell – a Quiet Heroine of the Great War

By Judith Phillips

I was in London recently and found myself near Trafalgar Square, walking towards Leicester Square.  I suddenly realised I was passing the memorial to Edith Cavell.  I must have walked past this impressive monument many times but this time I stopped and had a really good look at it as Edith Cavell will be the topic of the next talk in our series on WWI-related subjects. 


Edith Cavell (1865-1915) was executed by the German military authorities in Belgium after she was convicted of helping British and Allied combatants escape from Belgium during the war.  The execution of this British nurse was condemned at the time and Edith was commemorated in many ways and places during and after the war.  Edith laid down her life while caring for many others, including Germans, but the memory of her sacrifice is gradually fading away.  ‘She deserves better and this talk seeks to help us to remember her life and achievements’, says our speaker, Ian McArdle, who was Deputy Director of the Language Centre at the University of Newcastle before retirement.  Join him for a fascinating talk about, in his own words, ‘a woman whom I admire.

The talk will be on Saturday 17th March 2018, starting at 2.30p.m.  Light refreshments will be available from 2.15 and are included in the £3 charge (free for Friends of the Bowes Museum, for annual pass holders and anyone paying the museum admission charge on the day).  To book, ring 01833 690606 or email info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk (please book even if you do not have to pay as this helps with catering arrangements).