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.
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.
PERSEVERANCE MANAGER FOR LEARNING & ACCESS
Chosen object: Nurse’s uniform
I chose the Edwardian nursing uniform because it symbolises my love of historical costumes and it also represents nursing history. I can’t imagine having to keep the apron so pristinely white!
MUSEUM OPERATIONS CO-ORDINATOR
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.