The Museum of Health Care at Kingston is proud to announce that on Saturday, November 11th at 9pm ET/PT it will be featured in an episode of The HISTORY® Channel’s Original docu-series, Our War.
Filmed in April 2022, the staff at the Museum have been anxiously awaiting the release of this moving and impactful series. Our War follows dedicated ancestors as they scour museums and archives, clue by clue, to unearth the harrowing secrets their kin took to the grave. Each investigation reveals epic Canadian stories about ordinary individuals who made brave and profound contributions to World War I and World War II. The mysteries solved will unveil who the featured contributors’ ancestors truly were and bring them closer to understanding themselves.
The episode filmed at the Museum features nurse Jill Galant who investigates the story behind a treasured photograph of her great, great-aunt Rena McLean, a PEI nurse who was tragically killed in the sinking of the Llandovery Castle hospital ship in June 1918, just five months before the end of the First World War.
Highlighted in the episode are a multitude of artifacts from the Museum’s large collection that would have been familiar to Canadian Nursing Sisters such as Rena McLean. “War tends to breed medical innovation and that’s true of the First World War as well. It was great to be able to showcase our exhibit on World War I medicine and some of the artifacts we have in the museum related to wartime healthcare,” says Curator Rowena McGowan, who appears in the documentary. “It was also fantastic to be able to highlight the important role that nurses played in wartime medicine, both practically and culturally.”
This Remembrance Day, tune into The HISTORY® Channel’s Our War at 9pm ET/PT to learn, reflect, and remember.