The Florence Nightingale Museum

The Fellowship has always worked closely with the Florence Nightingale Museum and has given financial support to the Museum’s refurbishment project. The Museum has already raised more than a million pounds towards this project.

If you would like to contribute to the Museum, please contact them directly at: 020 7620 0374 or

My Ward – Wendy Mathews

Wendy Mathews very kindly donated copies of her book ‘My Ward’ to the Fellowship and we thank Wendy for her generosity. We have a few copies still available. Please contact the office on 01285 841908 to confirm availability.

The cost will be £5, plus £1.20 p&p. Please make cheques payable to The Nightingale Fellowship, and send to, The Nightingale Fellowship, 6 Trull Farm Buildings, Tetbury, Glos, GL8 8SQ

Florence Nightingale: the woman and her legend

Florence Nightingale: the woman and her legend by Mark Bostridge who was a speaker at our AGM in 2010

Mark Bostridge has drawn upon previously unknown and unpublished papers (many from the Nightingale family archive) in producing this detailed, informative and highly readable book.

The book covers Florence Nightingale’s family background and gives accounts of her work in the Crimean War and her reforms to nursing and health before turning to explore her role as an icon. This book is a ‘must’ for all who are interested in the history of nursing.

Florence Nightingale Foundation

 Since 1929, the Foundation has been providing scholarships to the best nurses and midwives in the UK who then make a difference to patient care, policy and practice in their chosen fields.

The Foundation’s principal focus is on improving health, clinical outcomes and patient experience, through building nursing and midwifery leadership capacity and capability. It does this by enabling nurses and midwives to access sophisticated and bespoke leadership development opportunities, both in the UK and overseas, tailored to the scholar’s needs.

The bespoke leadership development programmes ensure the Foundation’s offer remains unique and highly sought after. Unlike doctors, nurses and midwives have few opportunities to develop their leadership skills. The Foundation has an excellent record of delivery and all scholars undertake projects which are focused on improving patient care and health outcomes and within two years the majority of them are promoted to more senior roles as a result of their scholarship.

It is important that nurses and midwives are empowered to use their professional voice effectively and seek all opportunities to influence healthcare policy and practice.

Our mission:

To pioneer change and improvements in patient and health outcomes, through nursing and midwifery leadership, honouring Florence Nightingale’s legacy.   



Fortifying powers of Nightingale’s flowers come to life in Chelsea

 FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE’S medicinal plant collection will come to life again at Chelsea Flower Show as gardeners celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth.

Nightingale used herbal treatments to look after troops during the Crimean War, and kept a meticulous collection of pressed flowers.

The plants in the garden include some found in her own pressed flower collection, including species of peonies and ferns, as well as plants with strong medicinal properties which were used in the 19th century and are still used in medicine today.

Nightingale had an interest in gardening from the age of 10, when she received an album of pressed flowers from Margaret Stovin, an expert botanist and a family friend.

The garden, which is being planted to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth, consists of an imagined courtyard garden for a new hospital.

The theme of the space, designed by Robert Myers, is “nurture through nature”, inspired by the idea that the shortest road to recovery leads through a garden.

Designed as a restorative space, it is enclosed on three sides by a sculptural timber pergola, which provides a space from which to view the garden as well as a place to sit or stroll through.

Nightingale’s favourite flower, a foxglove, will also be a major component of the garden, which will otherwise feature a calming, pastel palette of green and yellow interspersed with blues, lilacs and pinks.

Chelsea Flower Show is aiming to shed light on loneliness and mental health this year, and many of the gardens carry a therapeutic theme.

Mr Myers said: “The garden will celebrate Florence Nightingale’s contribution to modern-day nursing using architectural design and modern materials to represent her enduring reforms in hospital construction, and vibrant planting to highlight the importance of green spaces for health and recovery.

“It has been a wonderful challenge and reflects my own passion for creating contemporary landscapes in historically and culturally significant contexts.”

The garden evokes key elements of Nightingale’s life: pale concrete and timber represent the materials that she endorsed for hospital construction, and a reflecting pool references her insights into drainage and cleanliness.

Shirley Baines, the chief executive of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, which is sponsoring the garden, said: “Florence Nightingale was at the forefront of modern-day nursing and an active lobbyist for reforms in healthcare.

“While she understood the importance of fresh air, sunlight and green spaces to well-being and recovery, she also recognised the significance of the architectural design and materials used in hospital construction.”



Too Short a Life by R.E. Foster

Christian Philanthropist and Patron of Florence Nightingale, Sidney Herbert was hailed in his own times as a Statesman, administrative reformer and co-founder of the modern Liberal party. Strangely neglected since his death, this biography brilliantly recaptures, through its subject, some of the many paradoxes of Victorian Britain. At once both Irish landlord and ‘one of the most worthy Wiltshiremen who ever lived’, arguably only fatal illness deprived Sidney Herbert of the keys to Downing Street.

‘A man of the most varied and brilliant conversational genius I have ever known.’ Florence Nightingale
‘You are the pleasantest Gentleman in England.’ John Evelyn Denison, Speaker of the House of Commons
‘A man of his qualities . . . must always be without a rival in his generation.’ – W.E. Gladstone

R.E. Foster graduated with a First from the University of Southampton where he also completed his PhD. Since then he has written over 100 articles on modern British history. His previous books are The Politics of County Power (1990) and Wellington and Waterloo (2014). Dr Foster was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2005.
Hobnob Press has been publishing local and regional books centred on Wiltshire since 1983, and has been owned by historian Dr John Chandler since 2001. Most titles (currently around twelve annually) are primarily of local interest and do not warrant reviews in national newspapers and journals. The biography of Sidney Herbert, however, in our view makes an important contribution to 19th-century British and international history, and deserves to be widely known and read. Although a small (‘hobby’) publisher Hobnob Press is well-respected for its production quality, and its titles are readily available to the book trade through distributors and online. We very much hope that you will consider reviewing Sidney Herbert; too short a life. If so, please request a copy by email to [email protected], stating the name and postal address to which it should be sent.