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.
Chosen object: Oil painting by Victor Tardieu
I love this painting because not only is it very beautiful, it’s also incredibly poignant, and really brings home how young the soldiers fighting and dying in the First World War were.
FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER
Chosen object: Hair bracelet
I have always admired the Victorian sensibility, particularly the elaborate celebration of life, love and death. The physicality and intimacy of hair jewellery belies the primness commonly associated with Victorians.
FRONT OF HOUSE OFFICER
Chosen object: Firescreen
This piece from the museum collection piqued my interest as I am a trained embroiderer. For me, it evokes the dark woods and heavy textiles of a Victorian drawing room.