FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2016

The History Hoax Committee announces competition for first History Hoax Awards

The first History Hoax award will be named on June 30, 2016 to honour the person and/or institution most culpable of misleading the public on the role of Mary Seacole in the history of nursing. June 30 is the proposed date set for the unveiling of the Seacole statue at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, where Florence Nightingale founded the first nursing school in the world.

The History Hoax committee is composed of reputable historians as voting members with Lynn McDonald serving as non-voting chair. (Professor McDonald is the author of Mary Seacole: the Making of a Myth and Florence Nightingale at First Hand. ) The voting members will remain anonymous as in anonymous peer review; the chair will vote only in case of a tie.

The Nightingale Society has written major purveyors of misinformation calling them to account throughout the entire statue project. The Society does not oppose the statue as such but has held that it should not be erected at Nightingale’s hospital because Seacole was a businesswoman and never a nurse at all.

It has been rumoured that the unveiling will be done by an unnamed royal personage. Leading members of the royal family from the Queen down were advised that the statue campaign was fraught with misinformation.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Cameron and other political leaders have been warned that the statue site could become identified as a History Hoax. One might say that Mrs. Seacole does not deserve this slur as she always recognized Nightingale as the leading nurse and never claimed to be a pioneer nurse herself.

Nominations may be sent to contact@historyhoax.com. For information on how to enter, see www.historyhoax.com. The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2016.

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For comment contact:

Lynn McDonald, PhD, LLD (hon), emerita professor: tel: 001 416 944 9334

Mark Bostridge, biographer: tel: 0207 586-7626

For further information: www.maryseacole.info/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2016

First nominations received for History Hoax Award

The History Hoax Committee announces the first nominations for its first award: (1) Boris Johnson, former mayor of London, for his promotion of Seacole and denigration of Nightingale and (2) Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, MP, secretary of state for health, for his department’s promoting the replacement of Florence Nightingale with Mary Seacole as the “real founder” of nursing, through its “Heroes of Healthcare” programme:

Erroneously omitting Florence Nightingale from her role as founder of nursing, public health visionary and pioneer in statistical analysis to improving public health and saving lives, the programme instead honoured Mary Seaocle for nursing, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson for women in medicine, Edward Jenner for medicine, and Nye Bevan for the healthcare system. All deserved credit for their contribution, but not to the exclusion of Florence Nightingale, whose quality and quantity of health impacts were far greater.

Further nominations are invited, up to June 15; send to contact@historyhoax.com For information on how to enter, see www.historyhoax.com. The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2016.


The winner(s) of the History Hoax Award will be announced on June 30 2016, the date of the unveiling of the Mary Seacole statue at St Thomas’ Hospital, home of the first nurse training school in the world, founded by Florence Nightingale.

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For comment contact:

Lynn McDonald, PhD, LLD (hon), emerita professor: contact@historyhoax.com tel: 001 416 944 9334

Mark Bostridge, biographer: mbostridge@btinternet.com tel: 0207 586-7626

For further information: www.maryseacole.info/ and www.historyhoax.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2016

Mary Seacole History Hoax Award Nominations

The History Hoax Committee announces that it has received six nominations for its first award, all of individuals. A similar award will be made later for institutional nominations. The six are, in order of receipt:

The award winner will be announced on June 30 2016, on the occasion of the unveiling of the Mary Seacole statue at St Thomas’ Hospital, for more than a century the home of the nursing school Nightingale founded, from which nurses took the new profession to the rest of the world.

  1. Boris Johnson, for promoting Seacole when mayor of London and patron of the Mary Seacole statue campaign, for uncritically accepting Seacole myths in his “Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole: Who pioneered nursing.”
  2. Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, MP, secretary of state for health, for promoting the replacement of Florence Nightingale with Mary Seacole as the “real founder” of nursing, through its “Heroes of Healthcare”:br /> “In erroneously omitting Florence Nightingale from her role as founder of nursing, public health visionary and pioneer in statistical analysis to improving public health and saving lives, the programme instead honoured Mary Seacole for nursing, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson for women in medicine, Edward Jenner for medicine, and Nye Bevan for the Healthcare system. All deserved credit for their contribution, but not to the exclusion of Florence Nightingale, whose quality and quantity of health impacts were far greater.”
  3. Sir Hugh Taylor, chair of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation Trust, for “adopting the skills of the 3 monkeys when the unwarranted acclaim for Mary Seacole was brought to his attention: he heard no evil, he saw no evil, he spoke no evil.” His board issued a “research” statement on Seacole as a founder of nursing, making her a “heroine who gave her life’s work in support of its early development,” 20 July 2011, yet has never managed to give one example of any nursing whatsoever.
  4. Jean Gray, former editor-in-chief for the Royal College of Nursing, “for her ensuring massive and exaggerated coverage of Seacole and her achievements, disregard of Nightingale’s and refusal to publish critical articles on Seacole, however well documented they were.”
  5. Rt Hon George Osborne, chancellor fo the Exchequer for providing £240,000 for the Seacole statue, with no regard for its placement at Thomas’ Hospital or misinformation associated with it.
  6. Rt Hon David Cameron, prime minister, “for accepting the misinformation campaign staged by Seacole supporters, despite being given ample factual material exposing its errors and exaggerations.”

The award winner will be announced on June 30 2016, on the occasion of the unveiling of the Mary Seacole statue at St Thomas’ Hospital, for more than a century the home of the nursing school Nightingale founded, from which nurses took the new profession to the rest of the world.

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For comment contact:

Lynn McDonald, PhD, LLD (hon), emerita professor: contact@historyhoax.com tel: 001 416 944 9334

Mark Bostridge, biographer: mbostridge@btinternet.com tel: 0207 586-7626

For further information: www.maryseacole.info/ and www.historyhoax.com