A new exhibition opening this March will explore the true character, obsessions and achievements of Florence Nightingale. The exhibition entitled Nightingale in 200 Objects, People & Places runs from 8 March 2020 to 7 March 2021 at the Florence Nightingale Museum on London’s South Bank in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital.
The exhibition aims to go far beyond the mythical ‘Lady with the Lamp’ tale to present a more fully-rounded picture of a visionary reformer, tireless campaigner and inspirational leader in her field. The exhibition explores Florence’s role during the Crimean War, which saw her propelled to fame and looks at the next thirty years of her life, during which she revolutionised nursing while suffering from physical illness and depression.
The exhibition will draw on the Museum’s collections, along with loans from national and private collections to present 200 items that explore the reasons for Florence Nightingale’s international fame and enduring influence.
Among the key exhibits:
The ‘lamp’ (actually a Turkish lantern) carried by Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War
Florence Nightingale’s medicine chest, containing glass jars of ‘domestic’ remedies.
Her highly-decorated writing case used in the writing of 14,000 letters and 200 publications
The door knocker from her Mayfair home
Family album belonging to Florence’s cousin, Henry Nicholson, containing unseen sketches of Florence and the Nightingale family
The first nursing uniform, featuring the Scutari Sash designed by Florence
An audio recording of Florence Nightingale’s voice
Florence’s copy of Oliver Twist. Charles Dickens was a friend, who sent supplies to Scutari.
The exhibition is part of Nightingale2020, a year-long celebration including a national touring pop-up exhibition, a lamp-lit wreath-laying at the Florence Nightingale statue in Waterloo Place, a celebratory Evensong service at St Paul’s Cathedral and new programmes of schools events and family activities at the Museum.
As well as the exhibition at the Museum, there will be an online version which will show additional insights into Nightingale’s life and influences, and include extra content such as videos which can’t be included in the main exhibition.
Florence Nightingale Museum,
2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW
For more information and tickets , visit the Museum website here
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