We asked our staff members to tell us about their favourite object from the museum collection, which is made up of almost 3000 artefacts relating to the life, work and legacy of Florence Nightingale. Read what they have to say below and once you have visited the museum, we would love to know what you enjoyed the most and whether you discovered a favourite object too.
Chosen object: Athena the Owl
I chose Athena the Owl – she looks so striking, sitting on her branch with the dried grass around her. The exhibit epitomises Florence’s caring attitude, as she rescued Athena and cared for her.
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Chosen object: Graffitied pewter plate
I didn't spot this plate straight away, but once I discovered it, it made me smile as I imagined Florence Nightingale joining the soldiers for a momentary chat.
Chosen object: Medicine chest
The medicine chest is a beautifully designed object, with everything slotting neatly into place. As Florence’s own possession, it also has a terrific historic resonance for me.
Sarah Jane McGregor
Chosen object: Staffordshire figurine
I chose the Staffordshire figurines to represent my experience in the heritage sector. I admire the progress of a mass-produced souvenir acquiring sufficient value to be celebrated – and they are lovely objects.