Nurses of the 1950s

International Nurses Day is celebrated every 12th May, a date which celebrates the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

To celebrate the nurses of St Helens, we would like to share some of our favourite archive photographs of 1950s local nurses that appear in the George Street Photography collection.


Nurse Duff and Nurse Clearey in uniform, circa 1955


Two nurses in uniform seated in a studio, circa 1955

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Nurse Kennelly and Nurse Hickey wearing nurses coats, circa 1955


A portrait of Sister Hughes, circa 1955


Nurses sing Christmas Carols in St Helens Hospital, circa 1955

Thank you to all nurses for your care, kindness and dedication.

Do you recognise anyone in the photographs or have any stories or memories to share? Please comment below.

The George Street Photography collection is an archive of over 3000 glass plate negatives that were discovered in a former photography studio in St Helens and have been digitised and preserved as part of the St Helens Through The Lens project, thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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