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Mary Seacole Collection

Identifier: SEACOLE

Scope and Contents

Resources related to Mary Seacole, including posters, books, and images.


  • Creation: 1984-c2005

Biographical / Historical

Mary Seacole, also known as Mary Grant, or Mother Seacole, was born in Jamaica in 1805. Her father was Scottish, and her mother, a Jamaican woman, ran a hospital for invalid soldiers - this was where Mary learned about nursing. An avid traveller, Seacole visited many countries but returned to England in 1854 when she requested to be sent to the Crimea to help injured soldiers. She was refused but raised funds to travel there herself. While in the Crimea, Mary opened a boarding house and even attended the front line under gunfire to tend to the sick on both fighting sides.

Seacole died in 1881.

Sources used to compile this administrative history include the following sites


1 box and 1 tube

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Custodial History

The collection was gathered by BCA volunteers, and brought together by staff in 2008.

Black Cultural Archives: Mary Seacole Collection
Black Cultural Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives Collection Repository

Black Cultural Archives
1 Windrush Square