Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC925
TitleAccession 925: Papers of Pat Stanley
Extent1 folder
DescriptionA small collection of papers of Pat Stanley relating to her work with Palestinian refugees where she worked as a nurse at a Church Missionary Society hospital in the Gaza strip in 1950. The papers include letters and papers relating to her employment as a nurse in Cairo and Gaza, photographs taken during her time in Palestine many of which are captioned and mounted for display purposes, her memoirs, and some lecture notes for talks about her relief work. The collection also includes a small collection of Palestinian coins and some printed materials
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Family Papers
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection (forming part of the wider CMS/ACC unofficial papers catalogue) is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryEdith Patricia Stanley was born in 1919, the younger daughter of Rev Robert (Bertie) Stanley, an Anglicam clergyman and his wife, Gwladys Stanley (nee Gleave). She trained as a nurse at University College, Hospital, London during the Second World War, becoming a State Registered Nurse in 1944 and then in 1945 moved to Dumfries in Scotland for her midwifery training. In 1946, she took up a post as a nursing sister at the Anglo American Hospital in Cairo, returning to the UK in 1949. In 1950, she went to work at a Church Missionary Society hospital in the Gaza strip, supported by the Society of Friends where she was employed as the theatre sister working with Palestinian refugees and where she helped to provide medical treatment to a large refugee camp. On her return to the UK in 1951 she moved into community health work, training at Leeds University as a Health Visitor, qualifying in 1953. She subsequently worked in York and Lancaster, and then becoming Area Superintendent based at the county's headquarters in Preston from which she retired in the mid 1970s

In the later part of her working life and in retirement Pat also served as a magistrate, was President of the Lancaster branch of the Soroptomists and served on the governing body of her old school at Casterton (now in Cumbria). She regularly gave talks and lectures about her work including her relief work in the Gaza strip.

Source: memoirs of Pat Stanley
AcquisitionPresented by the niece of Pat Stanley, 18 November 2010; with an additional gift made in February 2011


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