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.




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