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Tuesday 1st December

The Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford are delighted to announce that the postponed Florence Nightingale Lecture has been rescheduled for Tuesday 1st December 2020.  This event will run as a Zoom Webinar and is kindly being hosted by the ICMS.
Please register your attendance by completing the short booking form via highlighting the link here.  The Zoom link will be sent to you on the morning of the event.



Dame Eileen Sills, recently retired Chief Nurse at Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), was presented with a framed Nightingale Badge on Monday 24th August via a Zoom meeting with several of the Nightingale Fellowship Trustees and past Council members. This is a rare award which was given to thank Eileen for her 15 years of support to the Fellowship and championing excellence in nursing care during her time at GSTT.

Following the call, Eileen responded as follows:
‘To everybody in the Nightingale Fellowship I can’t thank you enough for the lovely surprise that I received. I was very touched that you had wanted to honour me in this way especially as I have always wanted to be a Nightingale! I have had a fabulous 15 years at the Trust, it hasn’t always been easy but it has been a privilege to lead the profession and to have nursing held in such high esteem. The relationship we have developed with the Nightingale Fellowship has been precious and without your support the Nightingale Nurse Award and Academy would not have seen the light of day. I think between us we have managed to place nursing and midwifery in its rightful place. I didn’t want to retire, but I have had to accept that my health and my family have to come first. I had been so looking forward to the 2020 celebrations, but I am sure we will have ample opportunity to celebrate in 2021, as we see the Nightingale Garden open in the summer of next year.
I want to end by saying thank you to you all. With very best wishes, keep safe and I look forward to catching up at the AGM in 2021’.

Zoom photographs taken by the President

Dame Eileen in her garden

Dame Eileen in her garden

The framed Nightingale Fellowship badge

The framed Nightingale Fellowship badge


The Nightingale project for a plot at Brookwood Cemetery is now complete and Hilary Brian has given the following update to share with you:
‘The Cemetery is under new management and there is now a beautiful entrance building with a full-time receptionist.  There is now a legible (!) map which I am including here in case anyone would like to visit. Julie Davies and Joan Le Vasseur worked very hard over the years to establish the plot’s boundary and who is buried there and Pauleene Hammett galvanised her gardening team to dignify the site.  Thank you to all those people and also to all of those of you who so kindly donated money to enable us to purchase the picket fencing and identify the plot with the board.  I have emailed the management to thank them as the plot is being very nicely maintained – there are no fallen branches, the bushes have been pruned where they are near to graves and, clearly, it is regularly strimmed.  I drove around the whole Cemetery and didn’t see another plot bounded and identified as neatly as ours.  Our ‘sisters’ are truly resting in peace’.







The Florence Nightingale Museum

Sadly due to the current global pandemic, the Florence Nightingale Museum is closed until further notice.

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Help for the Nurses in Lebanon

An Appeal is launched to help support the nurses in Lebanon who have been affected by the current crisis there.  Some of these nurses, who have had their homes destroyed and have been injured, are trying to return to work but cannot leave their damaged homes unsecured.  If you feel you would like to donate, you can do this via the following routes:


International Council of Nurses: Geraldine Limborg at [email protected]

The Order of Nurses in Lebanon and for more information:


Following the auction at Hanson’s Auctions held on Friday 19th June we are delighted to be able to advise you that it raised a huge total of nearly £20,000 for the Nightingale Museum at St. Thomas’ Hospital.

The sale proved to be immensely popular with nothing remaining unsold and some big bids on a great many lots.

The money raised will be enormously beneficial to the Museum and everyone at the Nightingale Fellowship is delighted to have been able to help in promoting the event.

David Green, Director of the Museum is even more delighted and commented:

‘In addition to thanking Charles Hanson and his team who generously offered us their services for our first ever fundraising auction, we would like to thank all donors, bidders and supporters  who helped us raise £18.5k at the event; a sum that will very much support our battle for survival in the coming months. Whilst the Museum will need to continue to fundraise, as we expect our visitor numbers to be significantly lower for some time in the wake of the pandemic, the income from this event will make a significance to our future and our ability to still offer education services.  We hope everyone enjoyed the event as much as we did.’

A big thank you to everyone who contributed and bid on the day.

The Nightingale Fellowship Chapel Service -12th May, 2020

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby blessed a new commemorative Florence Nightingale artwork at a special service celebrating her life.  The artwork was donated to The Florence Nightingale Fellowship and was blessed by the Archbishop at St Thomas’ Hospital Chapel on International Nurses’ Day (Tuesday 12 May), the anniversary of her birth.  This year is the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and the World Health Organisation has declared it ‘The International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife’ in her honour.  The artwork, a visual timeline of Florence Nightingale’s life, was created by the villagers of Dethick, Lea, Lea Bridge and Holloway in Derbyshire, where her family lived. The artwork is now displayed at St Thomas’ Hospital and cards and prints will be sold in support of the Florence Nightingale Museum, which is at risk of closure due to the impact of the covid-19 lockdown on their finances.
During the Chapel service the Archbishop also blessed the new Nightingale Fellowship Altar cloth, Lectern wrap and Chaplain’s stole and gave thanks to NHS staff and remembered those who have died during the pandemic. It also included contributions from nurses at St Thomas’ Hospital and the current President of the Fellowship, Gillian Prager.  The Nightingale Fellowship was due to welcome over 600 of The Nightingale Training School alumni to a special service and tea party at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. This is where in 1860 Florence Nightingale founded the first professional nursing school, and Nightingale nurses trained there until 1996. Nightingales across the world have been encouraged to have virtual tea parties to replace the planned gatherings and photographs will be available on the Fellowship website.  The Fellowship is also calling on nurses to help raise funds for the Florence Nightingale Museum by getting sponsorship for performing 200 nursing tasks – such as bed-making. To support the Florence Nightingale Museum visit
Gillian Prager, The Nightingale Fellowship President, said: “The 12th May holds a special place each year in the heart of every Nightingale Fellowship member, many of whom are still practising nurses and midwives. For many this will be whilst working at the front line against the world’s worst pandemic and we salute them all.  On the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth we are eager to show our support to the Florence Nightingale Museum, and solidarity with all NHS staff. We are proud of the response by nurses all over the world to COVID-19. Florence’s teaching and example shines through them all.”
The Fellowship commissioned Church Textiles, a Derby based company to design and create the Altar frontal, Lectern wrap and Chaplain’s stole, to celebrate the bicentenary and provide a lasting legacy of The Fellowship and its connection with St Thomas’.  The Nightingale Fellowship is the alumni association of those nurses who trained at the Nightingale Training School, at St Thomas’ Hospital London, and / or its successor organisations since 1860

For further information, and photo images, please contact: The Nightingale Fellowship on [email protected] or Gillian Prager on 07788-724491


Artwork from the villages near Lea Hurst

The Fellowship is delighted to accept and honour the work undertaken by the villagers of Dethick, Lea, Lea Bridge and Holloway in Derbyshire, to celebrate their famous resident whose family home was Lea Hurst. A local retired nurse – Mary White – has brought the project together in record time and this was blessed and is displayed at St Thomas’ Hospital, with cards and prints being sold in support of The Florence Nightingale Museum and Lea Village School.

Virtual Tea Parties

Nightingales across the world have been encouraged to have virtual tea parties to replace the planned gatherings and these will be taking place across the internet with photographs on the Fellowship website to come.
For further information, and photo images, please contact:
The Nightingale Fellowship: [email protected]



2020 CALENDAR EVENTS overview


King’s College London Lecture Theatre – ‘The Kindness of Words’ by Chrissie Watson. Ticket event.  22nd January


The Florence Nightingale Museum – ‘So you want to be a Nightingale Nurse’ interacting exhibition involving the community and schools and uniforms to try on.
13th – 15th February
An International Conference on the History of Nursing to be held in Florence by the European Association of History and Nursing.


The Florence Nightingale Museum:  Florence’s London – A Walking Tour on 6th March – 22nd September 2020 10:30 – 13:00.  Tickets from £25.00
The Florence Nightingale Museum Exhibition: Nightingale in 200 objects – see further details below


Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Reaching your potential at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’.


8th and 9th May
Bank Holiday weekend VE day celebrations
10th May
12th May – CHAPEL SERVICE – please see arrangements above
Westminster Abbey Service – rearranged to 4th November.  Entry by ticket only from The Nightingale Foundation:
14th May
Nursing Academy Awards Ceremony, St Thomas’ Hospital – POSTPONED
15th May
International Nurses Day – POSTPONED
16th May
CANCELLED – Nightingale Fellowship Chapel Service, AGM and Tea Party for members (ticketed event for Fellowship members only)
17th May
Service in St George’s Belfast
18th – 23rd May
Chelsea Flower Show – CANCELLED


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Celebrating Nursing and Midwifery Research’.


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust. ‘Infection Control Conference’.


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Nursing – New Nightingale Challenge’.


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Community Nursing’.
POSTPONED TO 2021 – John Baines Tour to China.- further details below


POSTPONED TO 2021 – John Baines Trip to Florence – further details below
26th – 28th October
International Nurses’ Conference – Nightingale 2020: Transforming Nursing in Global Health and care
27th October
Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Jon Baines Florence Nightingale Tour to Florence.


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  To be confirmed


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Legacy’.


Tea Parties

The Party Invitations to celebrate the 200th Birthday of Florence Nightingale on or around May 2020 which so many of you were to host or attend were sadly either postponed or cancelled.  We are hoping that at some later date a few tea parties may take place and will be posting any information if it received.

Nightingales across the world have been encouraged to have virtual tea parties to replace the planned gatherings and when these take place across the internet we hope to post the photographs on the Fellowship website for you to enjoy.



Tour to China – Please note the new date

Explore nursing and healthcare in China alongside a full cultural programme visiting China’s great sites on a 10-night tour

17-27 October 2021

We fly directly to Beijing where we visit the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace and, of course. Tiananmen Square.  In the evening we might choose to see the Beijing Acrobats.

An internal flight takes us to Xi’an where we see the Terracotta Warriors, the old markets, some medical facilities and temples.  The evening option here is the Tang Dynasty Theatre.

The famous bullet train will take us to Nanjing, the old capital.  The Nightingale Fellowship has been honoured to have been invited to open the Nanjing Nightingale Nursing College and we will also visit a hospital of Chinese Medicine and a community clinic to learn about nursing in China.   There are the Ming Dynasty walls and tombs to see, followed by a river cruise.

Our last city is Shanghai where we can experience the elegant Bund and the Yu gardens.  A Farewell dinner in the French Concession has been arranged for our last night together.

Please contact Jon Baines Tours (London) on:   [email protected] 0207 223 9485/5618  


Tour to Florence postponed until September 2021 – In the steps of Florence Nightingale

 15-18 September 2021

Given the ongoing concerns and uncertainty about COVID-19, after much deliberation and regular communication, the Nightingale Fellowship with Jon Baines Tours have decided to postpone the October 2020 visit to Florence until September 2021 (15th-18th September 2021).  The itinerary and accommodation will remain the same and, best of all, the tour prices remain unchanged.  Please book early to avoid disappointment.  This tour remains very popular with those who registered for the 2020 tour and have already transferred their bookings to 2021.

Please contact Jon Baines Tours (London) for all further information on 0207 223 9485/5618 or for further and more detailed information please go to Jon Baines Tours link:



Why did you choose to become a Nightingale Nurse?

The Museum is calling for stories to display for their new ‘Family Corner’ from all Nightingale Nurses, which aims to answer visitors’ questions about how to begin a career in nursing and inspire others to consider this journey. If you think you can help with your story then please email or post your answers to: [email protected] or David Green, Museum Director, St Thomas’ Hospital, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW




Florence Nightingale in 200 Objects, Places and People

8th March 2020 – 7th March 2021

The 200th anniversary of her birth has prompted the museum to shine light on different aspects of her life in an exhibition of 200 objects.

The Museum is celebrating her life and legacy of the lesser known aspects of her life with this exciting new exhibition.  She is a well-known nurse, but she was also a female icon in her own lifetime, a healthcare pioneer, statistician and leader.

Our bicentenary tells the story of Florence Nightingale’s life and her legacy through 200 objects, people and places. We will discuss the people who have been inspired by Florence, the places she worked or the places that were named in her honour, and the objects which capture interesting stories about her or the people she inspired.

On display is a family album featuring unseen drawings of Florence to go on public display for the first time at a show hoping to shine new light on a figure whose name is world famous.  The album which was started by Nightingale’s aunt, Ann Elizabeth Nicholson, has been passed down through family generations before becoming buried in papers. Also on display for the first time is a gold watch, given to Nightingale by her father, which she wore throughout her service in the Crimean war. She gave it away because she was largely bed-ridden in later years.

As well as discovering numerous objects and people that influenced Nightingale’s career you can see the original lamp she carried in the Crimean War, her (much used!) writing case and her copy of Oliver Twist (Dickens was a friend).  Go along to discover more about one of Britain’s greatest female trailblazers!

Craft a Victorian Card for Florence Nightingale’s Birthday over Easter Monday 6th April – Friday 10th April and Monday 13th April – Friday 17th April

This year is Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary so come and join us as we prepare for her 200th birthday! You can make her a Victorian-style birthday card, then pop it into our post box and we’ll make sure she gets it on her Big Day in May. When you post her card in our special letter box we’ll give you a small chocolate Easter treat. We’ll provide everything you need to make the card. But don’t tell Florence as we’re planning a surprise party for her! She’ll be here at 11am and 12.30pm to tell you the story of her life, including how she become a nurse against her parents’ wishes.

Mondays to Fridays only
Florence performance daily at: 11:00am and 12:30pm (30-40min in duration)
Florence Birthday Card Crafting at: 2-4pm (last seating 3:30pm)

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




Awards 2019


International Nurses’ Conference

Florence Nightingale Foundation: Nightingale 2020 – Transforming nursing in global health and care. In commemoration of the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the conference will discuss how nursing can transform global health and care in the future. Monday 26 October – Wednesday 28 October 2020 ExCel London. If you wish to submit a paper for consideration please contact Professor Norman at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, King’s College, London, 57 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8WA or email: [email protected]


July 1980 Set Reunion

We are arranging a reunion to celebrate our 40th anniversary.
We will meet at St. Thomas’ Hospital in the Governors Hall on Sunday 28th June 2020 from 2pm to 4pm.
Please RSVP to Nan Nobes (nee Hicks) on 07944095872 or [email protected]  Please pass on this information to any fellow set members you know as it would be lovely to get as many of us together as possible.