Working Title: Mapping Nurses’ Convalescent Homes and Rest Clubs from the First World War
Abstract: My digital project, tentatively titled “Mapping Nurses’ Convalescent Homes and Rest Clubs from the First World War,” centers on mapping the convalescent homes and rest clubs that were designed specifically for nurses during the war, and shortly thereafter. The homes and clubs, ran by volunteers, patrons, and other organizations such as the British Red Cross Society, were much like the homes and clubs for male combatants. Nurses were provided with homes and clubs to recuperate from illness and injury. As a part of the mapping project, I will also be providing background and biographical information for each location. I have a number of primary documents that discuss the homes and clubs overall (such as official reports), as well as individualized accounts of women who worked and stayed in the homes.
My second objective for this project is to then map the locations of major hospitals and locations of major events, connecting them to the homes and clubs.
Principal Data Source: I am now primarily drawing on the primary source of Dame Emma Maud McCarthy’s reports from the First World War to identify and map the homes and clubs, as well as provide information on the homes and clubs.
Visualization Platform(s): ArcGIS StoryMaps
Notes/Comments/Reflections: I have gathered and sorted a majority of the information I will be putting into the map. I am still gathering visuals to accompany the information, such as photos of the homes and clubs, as well as those who stayed in them. But largely, I think the project is coming along and is something that is proving to be a long-term project.