- Florence Nightingale Museum
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The Museum holds a unique collection of artefacts and is the only place where you can learn the full story of this remarkable...
The Museum offers sessions to primary and secondary schools every weekday..
From Florence's slate she used as a child, her pet owl Athena, to the Turkish lantern used in the Crimean War, the collection spans the life of Florence Nightingale, the Crimean War and Florence's nursing legacy up to the present day.
Florence Nightingale became a living legend as the 'Lady with the Lamp'. She led the nurses caring for thousands of soldiers during the Crimean War and helped save the British army from medical disaster. This was just one of Nightingale's many achievements. She was also a visionary health reformer, a brilliant campaigner, the most influential woman in Victorian Britain and its Empire, second only to Queen Victoria herself. After the Crimean War she demanded a Royal Commission into the Military Hospitals and the health of the Army, she began investigating the health and sanitation in the British Army in India, and the local population. Money which had been sent by the general public to thank her for her work in the Crimea was used to establish the first organised, training school for nurses, the Nightingale Training School at St Thomas' Hospital.
Her greatest achievement was to make nursing a respectable profession for women. Nightingale's writings on hospital planning and organization had a profound effect in England and across the world, publishing over 200 books, reports and pamphlets. Nightingale died at the age of 90, on 13th August 1910, she had become one of the most famous and influential women of the 19th century. Her writings continue to be a resource for nurses, health managers and planners to this day.