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Embley Park – Tuesday 13th August 2024

The Nightingale Fellowship are holding a picnic on Tuesday 13th August 2024.

Further details will be made available closer to the date, so please keep an eye on this space if you are interested.


Nightingale Ballet at Derby Cathedral

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Upcoming event at Florence Nightingale Museum

Museum Late – “Nightingale” Ballet Performance & Workshop – Thursday 4th July 2024

Museum Late – “Nightingale” Ballet Performance & Workshop – Florence Nightingale Museum London (

May 2024 AGM Day

Recording of the Chapel Service – St Thomas’ Hospital Chapel


May 2023 AGM Day

We were delighted that we were, once again, able to hold our AGM Day at St Thomas’ in-person.

2pm Chapel Service

The Speaker was the Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Mullally.

The Service was recorded and is available on The Nightingale Fellowship website. It was not live streamed this year.

(Please note the collection was for the Chapel at St Thomas’ and only cash or cheques accepted).

3pm Annual General Meeting

The Speaker this year was Sophie Hacker who designed The Calling Window installed at Romsey Abbey.

Sophie had copies of her book illustrating this artwork available to purchase at teatime and was happy to sign these. They cost £10 each. There were also cards of the window available too. These were £2 each and lovely mementoes to keep or send to absent friends.

4pm Tea

Yes – Afternoon Tea was back!

Tea is a benefit for Members of The Nightingale Fellowship and was served in Shepherd Hall, so we could all catch up with each other after such a long time.

Anyone who is not a Member was required to pay £5 each (cash only accepted).


                  The Nightingale Fellowship Journal 2024

We are now looking forward to receiving any relevant articles of interest you may care to write for the new 2024 Nightingale Fellowship Journal.

Whether it be about an event you have attended, announcing a future Set Reunion or something else, we would like to hear from you!

Guidelines for submissions are given on page 106 of the Annual 2023 Journal but you can of course contact us for more information and help by email:

[email protected] 

We are looking forward to hearing from you.





The Florence Nightingale Museum

The Florence Nightingale Museum St Thomas’ Hospital 2 Lambeth Palace Rd. London SE1 7EW.

The Florence Nightingale Museum, which is housed in the St Thomas’ Hospital, is devoted to Florence Nightingale, covering her Victorian childhood, her life in the Crimean and her life as an ardent campaigner for health reform.

It is a wonderful place to take your family and learn of her exceptional work.  In the Museum, visitors learn more about the legacy of Florence Nightingale and her impact on nursing today. Highlights in the collection of the Museum include the writing slate she used as a child, her pet owl Athena and Nightingale’s important medicine chest.

Should you be in the area of St Thomas’ Hospital it is well worth a visit.

Please go to: for further details and opening hours and concessions.


News from The Company of Nurses

Members of The Company of Nurses are enjoying a full programme of events on line and in person. Many Nightingale Fellowship members already belong and enjoy meeting with nurses who trained across the country. For more information go to





Lucy Osburn Nightingale Badge Presentation

On 6 February 2024, I was fortunate enough to attend the ceremony at Sydney Hospital. It was the most beautiful sunny day and a great thrill to visit the hospital where I had worked during the 1980s.  This special event was the presentation of the Nightingale Badge to Sydney Hospital in recognition of the pioneering work of Lucy Osburn, the Lucy Osburn Nightingale Museum, and for all the Nightingale Nurses.

Sydney Hospital has historic ties with St Thomas’. Lucy Osburn was from Leeds, Yorkshire and a graduate of St Thomas’ training school.  She was selected by Florence Nightingale, to go to Sydney in 1868, with five trained nursing sisters, to establish the first School of Nursing in Australia on the Macquarie Street site, at what was then Sydney Infirmary and Dispensary (later Sydney Hospital).

Lucy Osburn was duly appointed Lady Superintendent and fought hard, against considerable opposition, to upgrade patient care, based on sound Nightingale Principles. By the time Lucy returned to England in 1884, trained nursing had been successfully established at Sydney Hospital and greater New South Wales.

The ceremony was held in The Claffy Lecture Theatre at Sydney Hospital, Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales. The beautifully framed Nightingale Badge was presented by Gillian Prager, President Emeritus of the Nightingale Fellowship, to Natalie Maier, Director of Sydney Hospital/Sydney Eye Hospital.

It was a very happy and memorable day with a keynote address from Professor Jill White, Professor Emerita University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and University of Sydney (USyd). There followed closing remarks from Natalie Maier and then a wonderful afternoon tea, complete with cupcakes bearing a picture of the Nightingale Badge, and a beautiful cake. Later, there was a viewing of The Lady Superintendent, a short film about Lucy Osburn by the Film maker Meg Collins, also a nurse.

I met up with past nursing colleagues and also some fellow Nightingales, who had made Australia their permanent home, and others who were travelling. We spent a lovely time reminiscing about our nursing careers before retirement.

If you are visiting Australia, The Lucy Osburn Nightingale Museum has an interesting and varied display and a visit to see it is highly recommended. I am sure you will be made very welcome.

Ms Georgina Wingfield, Trustee