Historical information

Theoretical and practical lessons in invalid cookery commenced in 1902 for third year pupil nurses. From 1903 it was part of second year training and then it was part of first year training. Later an invalid cookery qualification was a prerequisite for the entry to a nurse training course.


Proper nutrition is vital for well being and recovery. The nurse's role included ensuring adequate nourishment for patients according to need and they often cooked meals for their patients. It was not until 1930 that a dietician was appointed to manage the dietary needs of patients and to set up a dietary department.

Physical description

Formal black and white photograph of eleven second year student nurses, holding cooking equipment and implements ready for the lesson that appears to be happening outside.