Museum Poetry: 13th August 1910

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In the museum there’s a recording of Florence Nightingale’s voice.  A recording made on 30th July 1890, 127 years ago.  In a high-pitched voice, Florence says: ‘When I am no longer even a memory, just a name, I hope my … Read More

Museum Poetry: Mother Seacole

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This week my poem is about Mary Jane Grant, more famously known as Mary Seacole.  It’s to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the unveiling of the Mary Seacole statue situated at the front of St Thomas Hospital.  She will forever … Read More

Museum Poetry: Lady with the Lamp

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On 24th February 1855, the Illustrated London News, published a picture of Florence Nightingale as the Lady with the Lamp.  According to Mark Bostridge, in his detailed biography of Florence Nightingale, it was either the work of J.A Crowe or … Read More

Museum Poetry: Dorothea Dix

I’m currently reading the Mark Bostridge biography of Florence Nightingale.  It’s dense and rich in detail, the research and writing is excellent.  I was reading it on the bus this morning and my head was in Victorian London, 1859,  Florence … Read More

Museum Poetry: Half Term

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This week, it’s half-term at the museum and we’ve been busy with families visiting.  I’ve been enchanted by many small faces and their enthusiasm to learn about Florence Nightingale.  It took me back to my childhood and my first trip … Read More

Museum Poetry: Crimea painting

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This week, inspired by the Crimea section of the museum, instead of writing a poem, I’ve been looking at a painting by Elizabeth Southerden Thompson, Lady Butler.  The painting is, ‘Calling the roll call after an engagement, Crimea’ (also known … Read More

Museum Poetry: The Nightingale Pledge

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This week, I’ve been looking at the ‘Nightingale Pledge’ written by Lystra Gretter and a Committee at the Farrand Training School for Nurses in 1893.  A pledge created for student nurses to recite at their graduation. To contemporary ears, I … Read More

Museum Poetry: A Calling at 17

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I’ve been working in the Florence Nightingale museum since May 2016 and prior to that I worked in bookselling.  I would like to write a poem a week inspired by my experience of working in the museum.  This week, I … Read More